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Dillon on The Ruin

“The history of ruins in art records the gradual diminution of the human figure until it is merely a tiny marker of the enormity of the destruction that has been wrought in the scene. In the seventeenth century, the figures… Continue reading

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Picon on Obsolescence and the Ruin

“And everything wears itself out, or almost, in the cityscape of today. Metal oxidizes, plastic yellows and cracks. The idea of functionality goes hand in hand, therefore, with that of obsolescence. Obsolescence is not exactly the same thing as death, the progressive and dignified death that… Continue reading

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Robert Storr on Gerhard Richter’s 18 October 1977

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Rancière on Rupture and Dissensus

“This is, after all, what ‘critique’ means: separation. When Rousseau wrote his Lettre sur les spectacles, this separation was emblema­tized by the apparently innocuous description of an ancient statue, that by Johann Joachim Winckelmann of the Torso of the Belvedere. The… Continue reading

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Lewis on Wall, Photography and Painting

“One of the ways in which photography has been presented as art by critics, curators and artists over the last thirty years is by emphasizing, against most ‘evidence’ to the contrary, how the hand of the artist can be seen… Continue reading

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Agamben on History, Memory and Forgetting

“Despite the efforts of historians, scribes, and all sorts of archivists, the quantity of what is irretrievably lost in the history of society and in the history of individuals in infinitely greater than what can be stored in the archives… Continue reading

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Higgie on the Faceless Woman

“She turns her back on you; this, it would seem, is her appeal. She’s been painted like this for centuries, and, more recently, photographed. Often she is naked, in a bathroom or bedroom, solitary, sleeping or day-dreaming, or at a… Continue reading

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One off: Gunnel Wåhlstrand.

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Jacoby on Narcissism

“What lurks behind the critique of narcissism is the authority of the “classic” bourgeois family; this family and the authoritarian family diverge in their social composition. It does not seem fortuitous that Marx’s example is drawn from the “lower mercantile… Continue reading

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Enwezor on Africanism

“My curiosity about the origins and literary uses of this carefully observed, and carefully invented, Africanist presence has become an informal study of what I call American Africanism. It is an investigation into the ways in which non-white, African-like (or… Continue reading

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