Harold Rosenberg


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Harold Rosenberg (February 2, 1906, New York City – July 11, 1978, New York City) was an American writer, educator, philosopher and art critic. He coined the term Action Painting in 1952 for what was later to be known as abstract expressionism. Rosenberg is best known for his art criticism. Beginning in the early 1960s he became art Critic for the New Yorker magazine.

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  • Today, each artist must undertake to invent himself, a lifelong act of creation that constitutes the essential content of the artist's work. The meaning of art in our time flows from this function of ...
    Harold Rosenberg (1906-1978), U.S. art critic, author. Discovering the Present, pt. 4, ch. 24 (1973).
  • ''America is the civilization of people engaged in transforming themselves. In the past, the stars of the performance were the pioneer and the immigrant. Today, it is youth and the Black.''
    Harold Rosenberg (1906-1978), U.S. art critic, author. Discovering the Present, pt. 4, ch. 24 (1973).
  • The story of Americans is the story of arrested metamorphoses. Those who achieve success come to a halt and accept themselves as they are. Those who fail become resigned and accept themselves as they ...
    Harold Rosenberg (1906-1978), U.S. art critic, author. Discovering the Present, pt. 4, ch. 24 (1973).
  • ''Avant-gardism is an addiction that can be appeased only by a revolution in permanence.''
    Harold Rosenberg (1906-1978), U.S. art critic, author. repr. In Discovering the Present (1973). "The Avant-Garde," Quality: Its Image, ed. Louis Krone...
  • Only conservatives believe that subversion is still being carried on in the arts and that society is being shaken by it.... Advanced art today is no longer a cause—it contains no moral imperative...
    Harold Rosenberg (1906-1978), U.S. art critic, author. repr. As Discovering the Present, introduction (1973). "The Cultural Situation Today," Partisan...
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