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Solnit on the Desert

“The Holy Land belongs to the chosen people, but they have no talent for staying in it peacefully and are always shifting, struggling, splitting up, being cast out. For them the desert is an ambiguous zone: a place strangers, sinners,… Continue reading

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Hambourg on Photographic modes of Visibility

“The process of becoming is so rarely evident in photography that it strikes us as exceptional. Cameras slice material out of the world with extraordinary precision, and the neat chemical steps that make their images visible are by and large… Continue reading

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James on the typological work of the Bechers

“The Bechers’ rejection of the ideological and their refusal to depict the subject can be understood as a strategic refusal to participate in the photographic reification and ruin of subjectivity. Their reluctance to exert their artistic subjectivity, or to portray… Continue reading

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On Photography & Conceptual Art.

“Conceptual art and its theoretical framing would at one time have been construed as announcing the demise of the privilege, if not the bare sensory necessity, of the aesthetic reception of works of art, in so far as the locus… Continue reading

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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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Crow on Modernism & Mass Culture

“The sign of manufactured culture is empty diversity, an eclecticism resulting from market expediency, targeting consumers, and hedging bets. Modernist practice sustains its claim to autonomy by standing in implicit opposition to the diversity of material glut, the evident shape… 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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Galison on Modes of Scientific Seeing.

“In the eighteenth century, the most appropriate scientist to draw or depict the world was a kind of sage, or a genius, who could part the curtains of experience and draw the basic form of objects as they should be… Continue reading

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The Uncertainty of the Poet, by Giorgio de Chirico.

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