Radical Coherency: Selected Essays on Art and Literature, 1966 to 2005

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“We got to talking”—so David Antin begins the introduction to Radical Coherency, embarking on the pursuit that has marked much of his breathless, brilliantly conversational work. For the past forty years, whether spoken under the guise of performance artist or poet, cultural explorer or literary critic, Antin’s innovative observations have helped us to better understand everything from Pop to Postmodernism. 

Intimately wedded to the worlds of conceptual art and poetics, Radical Coherency collects Antin’s influential critical essays and spontaneous, performed lectures (or “talk pieces”) for the very first time, capturing one of the most distinctive perspectives in contemporary literature. The essays presented here range from the first serious assessment of Andy Warhol published in a major art journal, as well as Antin’s provocative take on Clement Greenberg’s theory of Modernism, to frontline interventions in present debates on poetics and fugitive pieces from the ’60s and ’70s that still sparkle today—and represent a gold mine for art historians of the period. From John Cage to Allan Kaprow, Mark Rothko to Ludwig Wittgenstein, Antin takes the reader on an idiosyncratic, personal journey through twentieth-century culture with his trademark antiformalist panache—one thatwill be welcomed by any fan of this consummate trailblazer.

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David Antin (1932-2016) created a new form of poetry in the 1970s with his "talk pieces," which were published in the books Talking, Talking at the Boundaries, and What It Means to Be Avant-Garde. He studied linguistics at New York University and taught in the department of visual arts at the University of California, San Diego.

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"Ever since he began publishing in the mid-sixties, David Antin has been a remarkably interesting and intelligent poet." -New York Times "A decade before he became the seminal 'talk poet' we all know, David Antin was already writing some of the best art criticism in America. In the waning days of Abstract Expressionism, Antin introduced other ways of thinking about art that looked ahead to twenty-first-century modes of conceptualism, performance, and digital poetics. This superb selection from his writings, which brings together essays-some of them already classics-and a number of talk-pieces from the last forty years, is a real treasure." -Marjorie Perloff"

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