Meanwhile, Leo Steinberg c1960 on WPS1

So now my big complaint about WPS1 is that you can't link to broadcasts very easily.

I've been listening to a series of lectures the art historian Leo Steinberg gave at MoMA in 1960 about contemporary art and the public's reception/perception of it. There are three hour-long lectures; the first appeared last week (6/15), so work your way back through the 'previous broadcast' section to them.

I'm a lazy fan of Steinberg, whose unabashedly erudite tone I find very engaging. He invariably uses it to deliver extremely smart insights, all the while bringing you along his observational and analytical path. His method and criticism still strike me as entirely applicable to art-seeing and -making today.

It's about as much fun as an audio recording of a slide lecture can be, I imagine. And it's fascinating to listen back on a time when artist like Jasper Johns or John Chamberlain were seen as controversial provocateurs. Check it out.

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