Hard Press Editions
announces the publication of first ever collection of writings by art critic
Hard Press Editions is
pleased to announce the February 2012 publication of Amy Goldin: Art in a Hairshirt, Art Criticism, 1964-1978.
(1926-1978) wrote about art with wit, verve and surgical precision. She hated pretension, eschewed the prosaic, favoring the underdog with a
forte for locating trends that have become central issues today in art
Goldin’s critical writing inspired many
American artists—particularly those of the Pattern & Decoration movement—including
Robert Kushner, who first met Amy Goldin as an undergrad
student in Visual Arts. Their friendship and collaborations resulted in several
publications until Goldin's death in 1978. Since then, her
essays have been inaccessible except to a handful cognoscenti. Perhaps Christopher
Knight, chief art critic of the L.A.
Times said it best: Amy Goldin is“the best-kept secret in
postwar American art criticism."
Kushner has scrutinized Amy Goldin’s extensive writings on subjects as
varied as Islamic Art, Conceptual Art, Folk Art, Decoration, Abstract
Expressionism, Opticality and Black American Art distilling them down to this
first-ever collection of her literary gems.Taken from the pages of Artnews, Artforum, Art Journal,
New American Review, International Journal for Aesthetics and Art
Criticism, Art in America and her unpublished manuscripts during the
60s and 70’s, these essays provide a bracing jolt
of reality— like lemon juice on a fresh cut. They showcase her aggressive intellectual process that is,
lamentably, out of favor these days.
When Goldin was awarded the Frank Jewett Mather
Award conferred by the College Art Association for ‘Distinction in Art and
Architectural Criticism during the Year 1974-1975,’ the announcement declared:
“Amy Goldin is the rare critic who has dared to venture off the all-too-beaten
track in current art writing. She has systematically challenged entrenched
establishment and orthodox positions of all sorts—aesthetic, ideological,
political—in art. She has examined subjects which other critics have not
realized were important.”
To contextualize Goldin’s
writing, the book includes critical appraisals of Amy Goldin from prominent art
world writers Elizabeth Baker, Holland Cotter, Michael Duncan, Oleg Grabar, Max
Kozloff, Irving Sandler, Joan Simon and Emma Zghal.
an internationally acclaimed painter and sculptor. His work
is held in many museum collections around the world, including the Whitney
Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and the Museum of Modern Art,
New York; the National Gallery of Art,
Washington, DC; the Tate Collection, London;
and the Kitakyushu Museum of Art, Japan. Kushner has also written
reviews and articles for Art in America,
Artforum as well as other
publications. In 1997 Hudson Hills Press published the monograph, Robert Kushner: Gardens of Earthly Delight by Alexandra
Anderson-Spivey. Kushner is represented by DC Moore Gallery in
New York. He
lives and works in New York.