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Once Again New

It’s been pointed out, most cogently by Nietzsche, that what stirs us most in what we read is what we already know. He means philosophy or any kind of wisdom writing, not political screeds on the internet. But we still … Continue reading

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Stanley Whitney

The last few posts have been circling around an idea that I think is pretty important, grounded as it is in studio practice but with implications for history and even for our understanding of time. I keep thinking about something … Continue reading

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Allover the Same

Jerry Saltz says some amusing things. Here’s an example: “Nowadays we see endless arrays of decorous, medium-size, handsome, harmless painting. It’s rendered mainly in black, white, gray, or, more recently, violet or blue. Much of it entails transfer techniques, silkscreening, … Continue reading

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The Painter Barré

Reading further about Martin Barré I find a kindred spirit. According to Yves-Alain Bois, the logic of his work led him into conceptualism, which he later abandoned, apparently because it was too easy. A further cause of distress to him … Continue reading

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First and Only

Human history is so short that it is full of things that have happened for the first and only time, yet for the last couple of hundred years at least in the West, and for much longer in China, the … Continue reading

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Originality

Originality, as it happens, is the highest value in the art of our time. Many artists don’t like that—sadly nothing can be done about it. Even Sherrie Levine is original in her critique of the concept, as Howard Singerman, her … Continue reading

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