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Cuts: Texts 1959--2004 (Writing Art) Hardcover – May 27, 2005


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Product Details

  • Series: Writing Art
  • Hardcover: 339 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press (May 27, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262012154
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262012157
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 8.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,156,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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While Andre's minimalist contemporaries Robert Smithson and Donald Judd are almost as revered for their writings as for their art, Andre has, until now, had his greatest textual presence in Lucy Lippard's acclaimed assemblage Six Years: The Dematerialization of the Art Object from 1966 to 1972, which features a number of Andre interviews and texts. The title of this collection is remarkably apt. It features text that has been snipped out of letters and notebooks, poems and aphorisms that have accumulated over nearly 50 years, artist's statements demanded by varying shows in various eras, and material from interviews. These "cuts" have been sutured together by Meyer (Minimalism: Art and Polemics in the Sixties) and edited by him "for clarity and flow." (As for Andre, "the vast majority of the texts he did not touch.") The results seem to reflect the editor's vision as much as the artist's, with ponderous headings ("Form" "Infinity" "Mass" "Time") providing scant context for what largely feels like an artist's process work. They undoubtedly add to our knowledge of an important artist and of a crucial era in American art (particularly in Andre's many writings about other artists), but as a book, they do not add up to more than a miscellany.
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"Andre's work, like his writing, is composed of separate pieces - cuts - reassembled in a playful and thoughtful way." Afterimage



"Such books are invaluable for the art historian, documenting ideas in gestation and formation, and for the general art reader in revealing something of the persona of the artist." Detroit Metro Times


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This book contains Andre's thoughts about his work and the influences on his work. It is very helpful if you would like to gain a greater appreciation of his work.
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By J M N on April 7, 2013
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This book is a must for those interested in Andre's work. It focuses on a body of work which a lot of people don't know, which are the text pieces he makes with a typewriter. Also, we get great essays and writing by Andre himself, who is a wonderful writer. If you are serious about art and want to see how a top tier artist thinks, this book is for you.
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