Tag Archives: Leo Steinberg

The Cult of Krauss

You know you’ve reached the acme of academic rocksuperstardom (and also that we really do live in a postmodern culture which is officially done with ‘authenticity’ and ‘originality’) the day people begin producing historical reenactments your conference talks, as performance … Continue reading

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The 90º Shift from Nature to Culture

A shift of such magnitude does not come overnight, nor as the feat of one artist alone. Portents and antecedents become increasingly recognizable in retrospect — Monet’s Nymphéas or Mondrian’s transmutation of sea and sky into signs plus and minus. … Continue reading

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Christian Humanism and Beyond – Western Religion after Kantian Agnosticism

In my IT2 class, we read various interpretations of Gnostic spirituality, including one buy the very famous Princeton University scholar Elaine Pagels. As I read Pagels, I can’t help but notice her numerous references to the earlier scholarship of Adolf … Continue reading

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Culture as Disfiguration – Against Rousseau

Grebo Mask Côte d’Ivoire Pablo Picasso Guitar (1914) Museum of Modern Art, New York It is possible, that there are literary qualities in the fiction of high modernist Joseph Conrad, in particular the very famous novella “Heart of Darkness”, which … Continue reading

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Leo Steinberg: Gymnosophist

Gymnosophy: the doctrine of a sect of philosophers who practiced nudity and asceticism and meditation. Leo Steinberg is an acknowledged ‘genius,’ and his essay is widely regarded as a masterpiece. Perhaps the reason we don’t recognize it as such more … Continue reading

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Taking Us Beyond our Threshold of Comfort and Zone of Familiar Experience

Leo Steinberg does a superlative job of addressing the feeling of discomfort associated with the experience of the new – in particular with relation to the new in artistic creations. Now, I’m fully aware that not everyone in the class … Continue reading

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American Existentialism in the ’50s and ’60s

For all that Harold Rosenberg and Leo Steinberg both depend heavily on the ideas of Soren Kierkegaard, as was entirely typical of their times, is it nevertheless crucial to recognize that Rosenberg uses Kiekegaard to justify an aesthetics/ethics of ACTION, … Continue reading

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