Tag Archives: Postmodernism

Enwezor on Simpson, the American Sublime and the Racial Self

“There is in ‘the mythology of madness’ the oft repeated story of radical therapy effect by Phillipe Pinel when he released the madmen and madwomen from their chains in Bicêtre and Salpêtrière hospitals in Paris in 1794. Pinel’s freeing of… Continue reading

Discussion Leave a comment Category Art, Criticism, Photography, Theory, Thought Tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Ricoeur on Plurality, Culture and The Other

“When we discover that there are several cultures instead of just one and consequently at the time when we acknowledge the end of a sort of cultural monopoly, be it illusory or real, we are threatened with the destruction of… Continue reading

Discussion Leave a comment Category Criticism, Politics, Theory, Thought Tags , , , , , , ,

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

Discussion Leave a comment Category Art, Criticism, Photography, Theory, Thought Tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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

Discussion Leave a comment Category Art, Criticism, Photography, Theory, Thought Tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

One off: Laurie Anderson, John Berger & Laura Mulvey.

“…men act and women appear. Men look at women. Women watch themselves being looked at. This determines not only most relations between men and women but also the relation of women to themselves. The surveyor of woman in herself is… Continue reading

Discussion Leave a comment Category Art, Criticism, Photography, Politics, Theory, Thought Tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Mauron on Mallarmé

“All who remember the day when first they looked into the Poems or the Divagations will testify to that curious feeling of exclusion which put them, in the face of a text written with their words (and moreover, as they could somehow… Continue reading

Discussion Leave a comment Category Art, Criticism, Poetry, Thought Tags , , , , , ,

Barthelme on not knowing

“What is magical about the object is that it at once invites and resists interpretation” — from “On Writing” in Not-Knowing by Donald Barthelme. Photograph by Eva Vermandel, from Splinter.

Discussion Leave a comment Category Art, Photography, Poetry, Theory, Thought Tags , , , , , , , ,

Crimp on The Artist, and Photography

“Duchamp’s readymades had, of course, embodied the proposition that the artist invents nothing, that he or she only uses, manipulates, displaces, reformulates, repositions what history has provided. This is not to divest the artist of the power to intervene in,… Continue reading

Category Art, Photography, Theory Tags , , , , , , , ,