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Post #986 • April 10, 2007, 11:54 AM • 31 Comments

See Thompson, David. ...I came across a doctoral dissertation called, rather implausibly, Quantum Feminist Mnemotechnics: the Archival Text, Digital Narrative and the Limits of Memory. The work in question, by radical cyber-feminist Carolyn G. Guertin, is apparently the basis of a forthcoming book of the same name. Faced with such an imposing title, one can practically hear the boundaries of human knowledge squealing as they expand. Naturally, I had to find out more.

See Kicks, Modern. With apologies to the Umbrians, if there's any degree of success in bringing a claim on something a museum acquired over 100 years ago - not only prior to the 1970 UNESCO regulations, but before Italy's own cultural heritage law, as the article points out - then nothing in a museum collection can be considered safe. Also, What are you going to do with that new insight into the meaning of an Latin inscription on a Rubens copy of a Holbein, blog about it or try and work it into an article or research note? What'll do you more good, or cause you less trouble with your colleagues or advisor? Some of us unable to get our acts together to see it ourselves eagerly await JL's review of the Howard Hodgkin show at Yale.




April 10, 2007, 1:04 PM

A paragraph from the excellent piece by David Thompson:

"The intention behind such wilfully unintelligible text is, it seems, not to invite thought or reward it, but to repel and discourage it. This is done by exhausting the reader’s efforts to comprehend and reducing him to a state of demoralised dishonesty, whereby absurd and vacuous statements are repeated and endorsed, regardless of incomprehension and for fear of appearing stupid. By publicly endorsing vacuity, and making great claims in its name, the unsuspecting student is thus painted into a corner and any subsequent rethinking entails an intolerable loss of face and credibility. Few of us like to admit to being duped, least of all those who have been duped rather badly. This may explain the heated defensiveness that often surrounds even the most absurd material of this kind."

I got an email yesterdayfrom a former student who transferred to the University of Pennsylvania. He wrote simply:

"I just went to a two hour lecture which said that William Carlos Williams was a racist".



April 10, 2007, 3:44 PM

writing incomprehensible quantum social theory seems like a lot of fun. i dont see why this isnt done a lot more.

i didnt know feminists came in cyber



April 10, 2007, 3:58 PM

I am new at all of this bloggginnnn. I just thought maybe some might know the going rate for an artist to charge for a mural?


billermo the mural painter

April 10, 2007, 5:01 PM

arie, ill do it for $5 per sq ft plus cost of materials. i think thats fair. you are in miami??????right"?????



April 10, 2007, 5:19 PM

$5 sq ft seems a little cheap, especially if you are any good. That's a 5x10 ft painting for $250



April 10, 2007, 5:26 PM

may be $10 per sq ft. i wouldnt do it with oils or nice brushes, i was thinking more spray paint, fat tips and home depot gallons all the way. done in a couple hours.



April 10, 2007, 7:37 PM

I want a cut.



April 10, 2007, 8:09 PM

Some of us unable to get our acts together to see it ourselves eagerly await JL's review of the Howard Hodgkin show at Yale.

Aw, thanks. Short version: it was great. The longer version will have to wait, however; it got very long and confused over the weekend, and I haven't had the chance to fix it and finish it since. Perhaps on the coming weekend, although the rumors of a Thursday snowstorm could mean that day becomes a good one for staying home and writing.

I'm really unhappy the Yale Center for British Art doesn't put more of its collection online, I must say. They have a stunning group of Tudor portraits, just fantastic stuff that lights up the walls.



April 11, 2007, 1:13 AM

Bruce Lee !



April 11, 2007, 2:58 AM

wierd. my comment didnt post....... QUICK! someone say something postmodern!!!



April 11, 2007, 3:54 AM

Sol LeWitt as Dead.
and so am I.



April 11, 2007, 10:46 AM



Marc Country

April 11, 2007, 11:14 AM

More from David Thompson country...

One might forgive genuine stupidity and a lack of mental wherewithal, but when people who aren’t entirely stupid are determined to peddle stupidity as the height of intellectual sophistication, well, that’s harder to excuse. In a saner world, Guertin and her peers would be laughed out of every room they entered. And a gentle pelting with soft fruit wouldn’t go amiss.




April 11, 2007, 11:22 AM

The depressing things is that there are sane worlds, lots of them, but the art world is not one of them, and that is where these idiots take refuge.



April 11, 2007, 11:28 AM

Everything finds, or tries to find, its niche, and the more dubious the niche, the more dubious its dwellers. It's like a homing signal: people who are full of it are automatically drawn to a high BS environment. They would be fools to go elsewhere. I mean, how else could a Tracey Emin, for instance, have gotten anywhere?


Marc Country

April 11, 2007, 11:32 AM

Indeed... these folks ARE laughed out of saner rooms.
Actually, that's always been the most troubling part of the state of the contemporary art establishment for me... the fact that regular people, not in the know, look over to the art room, see these prattling pomo prats, and conclude, justifiably, that if THAT's art, they want no part.
They literally give art a bad name.

(I must add, it's disappointing to see Thompson stumble with this line: "Or, against all evidence to the contrary, that Socialism is compatible with individual freedom and general prosperity."
Perhaps some Scandinavian socialists out there can educate Mr. Thompson on the possible compatability of Socialism and freedom and prosperity...



April 11, 2007, 12:06 PM

Franklin: with all due respect for Redneck, I think "Modern as f*ck" needs an upgrade.



April 11, 2007, 12:27 PM

Marc, I expect Thompson was referring to systems that call themselves socialist and are notoriously repressive and keep their people in miserable living conditions. But yes, he could have been more specific.



April 11, 2007, 12:42 PM

I think "Modern as f*ck" needs an upgrade.




April 11, 2007, 1:12 PM

comment # 14 : The ART world. You idiots are lucky most of us are insane!



April 11, 2007, 6:01 PM


Just got the catalog for the George Bethea show opening at Dorsch this Saturday (7-10), with a nice essay by Franklin. The pictures are never the same as the real paintings, but they look very good. I think they're better than what he did for his last show at Dorsch. I

t's nice to actually be excited about seeing a show, as opposed to going hoping against hope that it'll be at least OK. Based on the catalog, this show is much better than OK. Go.


Marc Country

April 11, 2007, 6:09 PM

Well, if what Thompson meant was that "systems that are notoriously repressive and keep their people in miserable living conditions are incompatible with individual freedom and general prosperity", then I suppose I'd have to agree.
That, of course, is not quite a synonym of Socialism, as far as I know (but then again, I'm Canadian, and we're basically all pinko commies up here).


Marc Country

April 11, 2007, 6:11 PM

Nice upgrade, Franklin...



April 11, 2007, 6:13 PM

Yes, the paintings are excellent and Franklin's essay is very ruminative and personal and way unlike most art writing in the best kind of way. This is easily some of the absolute best painting being done around here - rich, original, vital - but it will come and go with the usual enthisiastic appreciation by the few who know the difference while the media and the art dummies blunder on their way.



April 11, 2007, 6:16 PM

How do you spell phylistines?


Marc Country

April 11, 2007, 6:25 PM

God this is such an arrogant music 'news' item...



And, in a related story, a subway busker makes $35 for only 45 minutes of work, yet still feels unappreciated by the public...


Marc Country

April 11, 2007, 6:27 PM

Maybe, next, they can put a Tracy Emin in the station, and we can scoff at the rubes who don't recognize Important Art when they see it...

Somehow, the inherent assumptions just don't hold across the different artistic disciplines...



April 11, 2007, 6:29 PM

I put george's catalog together. funny feeling to hear it mentioned. see you all saturday.



April 11, 2007, 6:59 PM

Marc, Did you read the whole thing? It was more of an experiment than anything. Given the setup, the results were not suprising,



April 11, 2007, 7:11 PM

Is it really necessary that pomo be dull? Hit:




April 11, 2007, 7:13 PM

RATS!!! make that:




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