The Originality of the Avant-Garde and Other Modernist Myths
Rosalind E. Krauss.
The MIT Press: 1985. First edition, lovely inscription to Hayden White, who provides a quote on the back. Signature and thumb print. Near fine in a very good, toned dust jacket.
Co-founder and co-editor of October magazine, a veteran of Artforum of the 1960's and early 1970s', Krauss has presided over and shared in the major formulation of the theory of postmodernism.
In this challenging collection of fifteen essays, most of which originally appeared in October, she explores the ways in which the break in style that produced postmodernism has forced a change in our various understandings of twentieth-century art, beginning with the almost mythic idea of the avant-garde.