February 14th, 2009. 2:00 p.m. Michael Fried, renowned critic and historian of modern art, will lecture on Why Photography Matters as Art as Never Before at the Museum of Contemporary Art on Saturday, February 14th at 2:00 p.m.
Known for his seminal writings on minimalism, in recent years Fried has turned his attention toward art photography, a topic of great current interest in the art world. In his book Why Photography Matters as Art as Never Before (Yale University Press, 2008), he examines the work of artists such as Jeff Wall, Thomas Struth, Andreas Gursky, Thomas Demand, and Bernd and Hilla Becher in an attempt to explain how photography has become a cutting edge of contemporary art.
Fried’s 1967 essay Art and Objecthood is considered to be one of the most important works of art criticism on 20th century art. He is the J.R. Herbert Boone Professor of Humanities at Johns Hopkins University and author of such books as: Morris Louis; Absorbtion and Theatricality: Painting and Beholder in the Age of Diderot; Courbet’s Realism; Manet’s Modernism; Menzel’s Realism: Art and Embodiment in Nineteenth-Century Berlin; and Art and Objecthood: Essays and Reviews. Dr. Fried is a contributing author to the catalogue for MOCA’s current exhibition Anri Sala: Purchase Not By Moonlight.
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