Category Archives: Photography

Wall on the Readymade, Azoulay on the Museum.

“The Readymade did not and was not able to address itself to depiction; its concern is with the object, and so if we were to classify it within the canonical forms it would be sculpture. But no-one who has thought… Continue reading

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Steinberg against Formalism

“Given the complexity and infinite resonance of works of art, the stripping down of artistic value to the single determinant of formal organization was once—in the nineteenth century—a remarkable cultural achievement. The attempt was to discipline art criticism in the… Continue reading

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On Jeff Wall.

An excerpt from the series Contacts 2: The Renewal of Contemporary Photography, dedicated to the work of Jeff Wall.

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Stallabrass on the complicity of Art and the Market

“Art overruns the borders of local particularity, aiding the transformation and mixing of the world’s cultures and economies. The progressive and regressive aspects of this process are inextricably related. Local resistances are defeated and, in many places, conditions worsen as… Continue reading

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Foster on Pluralism and the ‘Return to History’

“Modern art engaged historical forms, often in order to deconstruct them. Our new art tends to assume historical forms — out of context and reified. Parodic or straight, these quotations plead for the importance, even the traditional status, of the new art. In certain… Continue reading

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Mitchell on The Image & Women.

“What is the moral for pictures? If one could interview all the pictures one encounters in a year, what answers would they give? Surely, many of the pictures would give Chaucer’s “wrong” answers: that is, pictures would want to be… Continue reading

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Rancière on Alfredo Jaar.

“There are too many images, so it is rumored, and that is why we make ill-considered judgements. It is true that this criticism takes two apparently contradictory forms. At times it accuses images of submerging us with their sensory power,… Continue reading

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Chaban on the Documentary Image.

“The screen as a representational space offers a constant interplay between different modes of appearance which present themselves conventionally as ontological antinomies: reality and illusion, realism and fantasy, story and non- story, staged and unstaged, etc. It was probably inevitable… Continue reading

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Jaar on the Photographic Image.

“For me, what was important was to record everything I saw around me, and to do this as methodically as possible. In these circumstances a ‘good photograph’ is a picture that comes as close as possible to reality. But the… Continue reading

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Frank on the West and the Pioneer

“Here was the remotest reach of pioneering, where it fell westward from the Sierras. It had to stop. There was no farther way. The Orient was not a gate but a bar. In the North, newer incentives were already there… Continue reading

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