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(Water on Skin) Sensation (David Hockney)

Invested in the anti-aesthetic, people committed to modern and contemporary art, including art critics, often struggle with optimism, pleasure, and beauty. In the case of David Hockney, that is to miss the point and overlook what the aritst shares with … Continue reading

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(Palimpsest) Page & Figures (Michelangelo)

For his unfinished sketches for studies, Michelangelo drew each figure one by one. But ultimately the figures are only as interesting as their organization on the page. For the studies, he used the same page to sketch figures next to … Continue reading

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(Orange) Tomb & Resurrection (Michelangelo)

One thing I learned from the wall texts at the blockbuster show of Michelangelo drawings at the Met is this. The orange chalk that gives so much of the exhibition its dark glow is unforgiving material on which to draw. … Continue reading

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(Entombment) Drawing Jesus Off the Cross (Michelangelo)

In the late 1520s, Michelangelo draws the heavy Jesus off the cross in a blur of orange chalk. Study for a Descent from the Cross (or Entombment) is now at the big Michelangelo show at the Met. In the drawings, as … Continue reading

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Baroque Nipple (David & Goliath) (Guido Cagnacci)

Deciding not to do departmental paperwork today, I went to the Met to see the Michelangelo and Hockney shows. Wandering around on my way out I stepped into the main foyer of the European galleries to meet this fetching baroque … Continue reading

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(Abstract Bodies) Balls or Columns or Cubes (Resurrection) (Maimonides)

With characteristic confidence, Maimonides is here arguing against what he assumes is the false, nay absurd, notion that human souls would have bodies in the world to come. He thinks the world to come is entirely without nature and natural … Continue reading

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Immortal Body at Rest in an Ancient Chinese Techno Case

Undoing the mortal coil, here’s a little something for the Transhumanists. Lying as if suspended in the inside darkness of a tomb, the intricate layering of encasing jade plaques has the power to protect and to transform the body and … Continue reading

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(Body) Maimonides & Dance (Epistle to Yemen)

In the 12th century, Shia forces in Yemen rebelling against Saladin conducted a persecution of the Jewish community. Originally written in Arabic, Maimonides Epistle to Yemen addressed the contemporary challenge of forced apostasy, heresy, and messianic claims. What caught my … Continue reading

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Silicone Flesh (Anish Kapoor)

From a distance, these new works by Anish Kapoor are gross and only so-so. But up close, they are bright, turbulent and beautiful. Made out of painted silicone and wax to simulate flesh and fat.

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Metamorphoses & Trans-Human Becomings (Rosi Braidotti)

Reading Rosi Braidotti sometimes feels like reading comic books, or science-fiction. Metamorphoses: Towards a Materialist Theory of Becoming is no exception.  The book is like a dare. Throughout the course of western culture and into our own popular culture, the … Continue reading

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