Tag Archives: Walter Benjamin

The Artwork of The Naked Ape

by Miklos Legrady, Toronto Editor   Michel Foucault says “in every society the production of discourse is at once controlled, selected, organized and distributed” (The Discourse on Language, Dec. 2, 1970). American sociologist Herbert J. Gans writes of “gatekeepers”. Repeated complaints from peers tell us that over the last decades, academics restricted art to intellectual values, and in doing so …

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The Relevance of Critical Theory to Art Today

The scholar of Benjamin’s and Adorno’s work, Susan Buck-Morss provided a pithy formulation for defining the tasks of both art and criticism in the modern era: “[Artists’] work is to sustain the critical moment of aesthetic experience; our job as critics is to recognize this.” Two aspects of Buck-Morss’s formulation of the work of artists need to be emphasized—“sustaining the …

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A Photographer of Coincidence

Kenneth Josephson: An Exhibition and Book Review In an earlier lifetime, I collected postcards, mostly reproductions of pictures I liked: favorite artworks or photographs by favorite photographers. Sometimes, they were simply images that drew me. One such image was “Acropolis, 1972” by Kenneth Josephson. I clearly remember what drew me. This was a photograph and a photograph about photography. In …

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