Tag Archives: Rosalind Krauss

Who argues with Krauss?

How do Danto and Krauss differ? Krauss’s “Originality” and “Expnded Field” both attack Historicism. By this I mean linear teleological, or linear and goal-directed, history. The idea here is that art is a set of institutional practices. The history of … Continue reading

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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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Multimedia Art as (Potentially) Revolutionary Chance Encounter

“As beautiful as the chance encounter of a sewing machine and an umbrella on an operating table.” ― Comte de Lautréamont Blast No. 1: ‘Review of the Great English Vortex’ (cover of the Vorticist journal) Wyndham Lewis, ed. June 20, … Continue reading

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Transduction and Individuation

Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility. –Augustine of Hippo Marcel Duchamp Nude Descending Staircase No. 2 (1912) It is the ultimate task of … Continue reading

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Letter to A Friend – Creativity, Self-Doubt, The Studio

Dear L- I don’t want to minimize your negative feelings about either your show or yourself. Or, I do. Or, I don’t, too much. The judgment you pass on yourself is perhaps justifiable (perhaps); but feelings, which though related are … Continue reading

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Letter to Student on Writing and Revision

Dear S, Good to hear from you. I know finals can induce anxiety, but don’t let this one get to you. I think you should stick to your choice, because you like Marcel Mauss and also because writing on him … 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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