Enlightenment

Lately I’ve been enjoying Andrea Fraser’s writings, and I’m not sure that blog readers who follow me to Stella, Barré, Motherwell or Riley will also come along that way. The fact is that I am a believer in modern art as part of the enlightenment project, meaning the critique of myth. The artistic way to free the mind from myth is first of all to recognize that all thought is analogical, based on resemblances, correspondences, analogies and tropes, even mathematics, and therefore there is no truth that is not a metaphor. Myth is constitutional. Secondly an artist works behind the myth, and that may entail making up new ones, a kind of play. You can’t work with myth unless you know it as such.

Andrea Fraser, Little Frank and his carp 2001

Andrea Fraser, Little Frank and his carp 2001

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