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Against Ambience and Other Essays by Seth Kim-Cohen

By Seth Kim-Cohen

Against Ambience diagnoses - in an effort to healing - the paintings world's contemporary flip towards atmosphere. Over the process 3 brief months - June to September, 2013 - the 4 so much prestigious museums in long island indulged the atmosphere of sound and light-weight: James Turrell on the Guggenheim, Soundings at MoMA, Robert Irwin on the Whitney, and Janet Cardiff on the Met. moreover, impressive indicates at smaller galleries point out that this isn't easily a major-donor flow. jointly, those exhibits represent an offer approximately what we needed from paintings in 2013.

While we are within the tender include of sunshine, the NSA and fb are nonetheless gathering our info, the cash in our financial institution money owed continues to be getting used to fund who-knows-what with out our wisdom or consent, the govt. we elected remains to be imprisoning and concentrating on individuals with whom we don't have any pork. We deserve an artwork that's the equivalent of our info age. no longer one who parrots the age's self-assertions or modes of dissemination, yet an artwork that's hyper-aware, vigilant, energetic, engaged, and proficient.

We at the moment are 100 years away from Duchamp's first readymades. So why may still we discover ourselves so completely in thrall to atmosphere? Against Ambience argues for an paintings that recognizes its personal tools and intentions; its personal place within the constructions of cultural strength and persuasion. instead of the nice and cozy glow of sunshine or the soothing wash of sound, Against Ambience proposes an artwork that cracks the outside of our winning styles of come upon, beginning efficient disruptions and deconstructions.

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