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In either case, Clark's point seems to be, a fundamental perversion has taken place.

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One is obviously not describing some neat temporality but, rather, a shift -- to some extent an oscillation -- from one kind of capitalist production to another. In the movement back and forth from the record of social facts the statistics and categories to their fabricated artistic imaging, reality and representation converge; but Mr.

Indeed, in a very precise way, one can date the beginnings of the society of the spectacle in the decisions reached all across bourgeois Europe in the s and '40s to ban "the spectacle of the scaffold" and public executions: they were stirring up the masses the newly formed urban proletariat in ways that seemed increasingly dangerous to the modern state.

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Pope-Hennessy reviews other 16th-century representations of the myth, including the famous finished drawing given by Michelangelo to Tommaso Cavalieri. What Bataille objects to in Valery is the poet's attempt to situate Olympia in an older, established, pseudo-sacred text of prostitution -- a text of ritual, mystery, pollution, animality.

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Everything is on the verge of hate speech. When the middle class all start doing something together, rest assured a trend forms, and when a middle-class trend forms, irritations rise to the surface that cannot go unobserved. The book's thesis will nevertheless seem odd to the many who have learned to admire Manet's brushwork or Monet's color. In his own "Narrative of Career," T. John Pope-Hennessy retells in gracious English the tales of stabbing and intrigue which Benvenuto Cellini himself told in vigorous Italian. Clark's willfully shifting analysis all too often obscures the nature of that convergence. In both accounts it is emphasised that Cellini had mounted the Jupiter so that it could easily be moved, but in one version the king specifically asks in advance to see it move and in the other Cellini has it moved so that it astonishes the unprepared king as soon as he enters the gallery.

This particular medal by Cellini at least is reproduced at its actual size. The Impressionists on Trial from the May 30, issue To the Editors: I find myself lacking the heart for a doughty exchange of blows with your reviewer over the rights and wrongs of Situationist theory, art-historical explanation, me and the Puritan ethic, or class struggle in the nineteenth century.

He writes in his introduction, There are various problems here [in situationist theory]: for instance, deciding when exactly the spectacular society can be said to begin. Yet all things considered it's a bit embarrassing how happy everyone is. These are themes which figure endlessly in Bataille's fiction and philosophical prose: presence as absence, the body as essentially inanimate, death as its purest and most desirable state, representation as colluding in this putting to death. The male Ocean, holding his trident and some seaweed and perched on wriggling hippocamps, confronts, as if on a seesaw, the female Earth, who is seated on the head of an elephant which is largely submerged in fruit and vegetables. I could easily do so, but I leave to him the responsibility for his tone and acidity, typical of a campus mandarin who resents criticism or discussion. There is an additional reason to doubt the attribution. Clark sees earlier only in the neo- Impressionism of the 's: ''The Cubists were willing to sacrifice their little individuality for the sake of collective or group action,'' he says. The painter would make his own landscape there, in a place he could fill with intimate things, hoops, hats, coffee, children, wives, maids. He adds some facts about sodomy in 16th-century Italy. We are nothing but a set of statistics the government can easily manipulate and ruin if it wants to. Clark writes, From fairly early on in my undergraduate career I was determined to do my graduate work in art history, and in particular to find a way to put the history of painting in contact with other histories, social, economic and political.
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