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Literature and visual art, the two modes upon which this project focuses, have been considered in relation to one another since antiquity. From the Horatian maxim, ut picture poesis, to the notion of the sister arts, the sense that both poetry and painting share a fundamental task as modes of representation has been passed down the centuries. Writing in 1766, however, the German aesthetician G.E. Lessing famously differentiated rather than conflated the two arts: poetry should appeal to the ear and consider time based actions, he argued, while painting should appeal to the eye and represent spatial configurations. Lessing’s argument was made in order to claim superiority for poetry. The abstract signs of language, he claimed, gave it greater freedom and expressivity than the natural signs of visual art. In this way, as the art critic Clement Greenberg would later claim, his work set up a hierarchy of the arts that would remain dominant for the following two centuries in which literature was considered the more powerful or more dominant art.

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The Collected Essays and Criticism (Volumes 1-4) By Clement Greenberg, John O'Brian.

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The question of the edition of the essays is important because when Greenberg himself published a collection of his essays, (1961), he re-edited his writing to more closely reflect his thinking at that time.

Greenberg, in The Collected Essays and Criticism

He has organized exhibitions on photography and the nuclear era—The Nuclear Machine (Copenhagen, 2016), Camera Atomica (Toronto, 2015), After the Flash (London, 2014), Strangelove’s Weegee (Vancouver, 2013)—and published twenty books, including Ruthless Hedonism: The American Reception of Matisse and David Milne and the Modern Tradition of Painting as well as Clement Greenberg: The Collected Essays and Criticism, which he edited.

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1971, Night Four; published in Clement Greenberg, Homemade Esthetics: Observa- tions on Art and Taste (New York: Oxford University Press, 2000), p.

Edited By John O’Brian University of Chicago Press

Clement Greenberg, “Modernist Painting,” 1961 in Harrison and Wood, Art in Theory, 1900-1990 (Oxford University Press, 1982).

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Greenberg's criticism are Clement Greenberg: The Collected Essays and ..

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