Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Must Reads!

Offered here are a few recommended essays that have helped inform my humble thoughts....

White Elephant Art vs. Termite Art by Many Farber 
The touchstone source for the content vs form debate and a prophecy for the return to the DIY work ethic.

Travels in Hyperreality by Umberto Eco 
Meta po-mo and why it's so American.

On the new by Boris Groys 
October's series on the contemporary fall like dominoes after this zeitgeist shout out. 

After the End of Art by Arthur C. Danto 
A schooling on, well the end of "art", by one of the most imaginative of art "explainers".

Red Grooms by Arthur C. Danto 
Super-smart philosophy professor compares the ruckus roustabout to Jesus!

The Avant-Garde and Kitsch by Clement Greenberg
Hilton Kramer's grumpy older sister on stuff he pretends he doesn't like.

Prom Night in Flatland by Dave Hickey 
The most applicably needed piece from Dragon.

A Life in the Arts by Dave Hickey 
One of the best and most human arguments for democracy against the experts.

The Fall of Art by William S. Burroughs 
He had to have an opinion.

My Own Business by William S. Burroughs 
Dated? Or a great essay on pre-PC leftist tolerance.

Secret Skin by Michael Chabon
An essay on unitard theory  turns out to be one of the best on articulating aptness of form.

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