Re: [-empyre-] making a meta-living
Art as Bourdieu pointed out in Distinction etc. - forgive me, I'm writing
on a PDA, there will be errors - is a discursive formation or formations
dependent on cultural and economic capital and their complex interactions.
The people you mention were purists within a framework - the framework is
critical. I rememvber talking w/ Donald Kuspit about LeWitt for example -
and his relationship to kantianism; for me at the same time his work was a
withdrawal from the violence of Vietnam, the postulation of an
inconceivable alterity (re Levinas). It's like math - looks clean enough
but once you let Brouwer and Godel and their descendents in, it gets messy
Art's never syntactical; the intrinsic and extrinsic mix in discourse. How
else would one understand for example Andre's Lever - were it not for the
reams of dialog (and non-dialog) generated around it when it was exhibited
at the Tate? THAT's what makes art exciting - the swirl of the objects,
their distributions in all sorts of modes, the contestations, etc. It
keeps me going.
Purity makes me shudder - too much what Kristeva discusses in Powers of
Alan, for the modd, dirty, etc.
On Mon, 22 Nov 2004, Paul Brown wrote:
Alan - in an attempt to attract you out of your
lurkership (or an
invitation to reply to me offlist) I'd be interested to
know: if you
don't believe in pure art (apropos my def. as art about
art versus art
with some "non intrinsic" content) where/how do you
like (for eg.) Albers or Max Bill?
Just want to say I don't believe for a second in pure
art, nor do I think that art follows lineage
necessarily at all. I also think a hell of a lot of
the art going on today in the galleries is terrific
and that competition helps make it so, whether online
or off - and for that matter, real and virtual are
more or less smashing together.
That said, I'm going back to silence - too many
enemies on this list.
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