27 June 2018

Cycle Talks in the Library

Curator I Sofia Nunes

Margarida Brito Alves coments
«Other Criteria» by Leo Steinberg – Expanded field review

3 July   |  17h30-18h30   |  atrium   |  free entrance



This presentation intends to problematize the critical position of Leo Steinberg, taking as a starting point the text “Other Criteria” published in 1972 in the Artforum magazine. In discussing various criteria of critical appreciation and in opposition to a purely formalist approach – but without giving up a formal analysis – Steinberg then proposes a more complex reading of the work of art, informed both by its historical context and by the subjective experience of the spectator. In this sense, by expanding his argument and assuming a personal record (if not even emotive), questions the perspective of authors such as Clement Greenberg or Harold Rosenberg and establishes links between different temporalities convoking artists like Robert Rauschenberg, Kenneth Noland and Jasper Johns, but also like Giotto, Miguel Ângelo or Rembrandt.



Margarida Brito Alves is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History of the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences – Universidade Nova de Lisboa. She is vice-director and integrated researcher of the Institute of Art History responsible by the coordination of the Group of Studies of Contemporary Art.

She is the author of the books The Space in the Artistic Creation of the 20th Century. Heterogeneity. Three-dimensionality. Performativity (Lisbon: Colibri, 2012) and Colóquio / Artes Magazine (Lisbon: Colibri, 2007). She was curator of the exhibitions Salette Tavares: Spatial Poetry (Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, 2014) and Co-Habitar (Casa das Galeotas, Lisbon, 2016).

Updated on 28 June 2018