Critical anthology of pivotal texts edited by Gregory Battcock. Essays "End of an Era," by Dore Ashton; "Humanism and Reality - Thek and Warhol," by Battcock; "Jasper Johns: Stories and Ideas," by John Cage; "The Creative Act," by Marcel Duchamp; "The Art Audience and the Critic," by Henry Geldzahler; "Th Big Canvas," by E.C. Goossen; "Modernist Painting," by Clement Greenberg; "Towards a New Humanism," by John Hendricks, Poppy Johnson, and Jean Toche; "A Tale of Two Cities," by Thomas B. Hess; "New Directions in American Painting," by Sam Hunter; "Anyone Dig the Art of Building?," by Ada Louise Huxtable; "Towards a Trans-Literal and Trans-Technical Dance-Theater," by Kenneth King; "Anti-Art and Criticism," by Allen Leepa; "The Dilemma," by Lucy R. Lippard; "Marxismn and Aesthetic Man," by Howard Press; "Writings," by Ad Reinhardt; "De-Aestheticization," by Harold Rosenberg; "The New Art," by Alan Solomon; "Contemporary Art and the Plight of Its Public," by Leo Steinberg; "The Structure of Color," by Marcia Tucker; and "Art: Energy and Attention," by William S. Wilson III. "Today's critic is beginning to seem almost as essential to the development -- indeed, the identification -- of art as the artist himself. The purpose of this volume is to bring together some of the best recent critical essays on the new art in the United States. Most of these articles date from after 1960, and were originally published in museum catalogues and periodicals. But in keeping with the new role of the critic as interpreter, the pieces included in this anthology do more than simply describe, or even define their subject; their authors are actively and consciously engaged in the preparation of a new aesthetic. This is a unique collection that will be indispensable to all who wish to understand more about the new art in America." -- from book's back cover.