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OOF (Ed Ruscha) (New MoMA)

Ed Ruscha, OOF, 1962 (reworked 1963); oil on canvas “The single word, its guttural monosyllabic pronunciation, that’s what I was passionate about,” Ruscha has said of his early work. “Loud words, like slam, smash, honk.” The comic-book quality of these … Continue reading

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(Lachrymose Diaspora) Coins Jewels & Things Lost & Found (Colmar Treasure)

With all due respect, the paltriness of the so-called Colmar Treasure, now on view at the Cloisters, is a lachrymose little testament. On loan from the Musée de Cluny in Paris, the “treasure” refers to the remains of valuables (coins, … Continue reading

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(Holocaust Memory) Laura Levitt Guest-Blog (The Evidence Room)

[[With profound thanks, JPP is delighted to host as a guest-blog these reflections by Laura Levitt on “The Evidence Room.” About the exhibition, you can get your bearings here and here in this review that appeared in the NYT, and here. Among … Continue reading

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Fragmentary Colossal Head of A Youth

This colossal head Greek head from the 2nd century BCE found in a gymnasium at Pergamon in western Turkey and brought by way from the Pergamon in Berlin where he is still on loan in New York at the Metropolitan … Continue reading

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Animals (Franz Marc & Martin Buber)

Yellow Cow This terrestrial surface is a physical place of noise and violence. Redemption is its metamorphosis. Franz Marc, who was killed at Verdun on the Western Front, was a tragic figure to those who memorialized him. Writing his obituary … Continue reading

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(Tabernacle) Jewish Art is Jewish Feminist Philosophy (Exodus 35-36)

When art is the subject, and art and Judaism, it’s time to retire the Second Commandment and the Golden Calf. Look instead to the concluding chapters of the book of Exodus for a theory of Jewish Art. The first thing … Continue reading

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Islamic Ornament & The Spiritual in Art (Oleg Grabar)

Just finished reading Oleg Grabar’s The Mediation of Ornament for a survey class on Religion and Art. Written by one the great art historians of Islamic art, The Mediation of Ornament is more like a meditation after a career long … Continue reading

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(Birthday) JPP is 7 Years Old

JPP turned 7 years old the other week, which is a nice number, and rather remarkable about what for me stands out as the passage of time. Next year, I think I run out of NYC subway lines with which … Continue reading

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My Thursday (This Semester) Seeing the Divine Image in India & Spinoza

Teaching Religion and Art and Politics & Religion/Modern Judaism today. They make sense together. The conceptual linkage: nature and the divine, big cosmic/metaphysical pictures, substance and avatar/modalities, imagination and images, religion and politics.

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Votive Objects & Material Religion

Went to see “Agents of Faith: Votive Objects in Time and Place” at Bard Graduate Center Gallery. I understood that I was off to look at objects, but what are votive objects? Something loosely to do with “religion.” What I … Continue reading

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