Art in the Age of Reproduction

I’ve long thought that Benjamin’s famous essay was the worst thing he ever wrote, but whether I would admit it to myself or not, it’s probably because of the bad use made of it in the art world. Looking more closely at it in recent days I’m struck by the evident importance it had for Benjamin, and reading at least two of the extant versions I have to admit its genius. A cascade of insights. His theory of distraction is remarkably close to Ehrenzweig, so the piece is relevant to painting as much as to photography.

ManWAMovieCamera_1929_DzigaVertov

Dziga Vertov, montage from Man With A Movie Camera 1929

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2 Responses to Art in the Age of Reproduction

  1. Ncart Co says:

    Comics in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction are as representative of the same shifts in the cultural landscape shows as like the photography and film.

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