What We Are

Jennifer McMackon drew my attention to a conversation with Bob Hullot-Kentor in the Brooklyn Rail, from which I take this quote:

“…in the Christian view, which includes Hegel’s triune concept, the highest becomes the lowest so that the lowest can return to what it implicitly always was, the highest. Darwin runs so intransigently contrary to this thinking because in the theory of natural selection the lowest, the one cell, becomes the most complex organism. But that highest organism is at every point implicitly what it always was, the primitive. Here, where it can be seen that the low becomes the high only to remain the low, the door cracks open on the fundamental insight out of which the whole of modern thought and art developed: the recognition of the primitive content of all reality, including the whole of human society.”

Idealism has no place in art, that’s clear, yet it remains—here and there.

Lucio Fontana, Concetto Spaziale 1960

Lucio Fontana, Concetto Spaziale 1960

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