Review

Double Review of Molly Nesbit’s Their Common Sense and Luc Ferry’s Le sens du beau

The meanders of chance are such that these two books came out within a few months of each other, one in Great Britian, the other in France. Both deal with similar issues (the origins of modern art and contemporary culture), focus closely on related concepts (the 18th-century aesthetic notions of “common sense” and the “sense of beauty”), and refer to the same authors: Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Immanuel Kant (for whom the notion of “common sense” was the keystone of his aesthetic system), and Friedrich Nietzsche (for whom the very notion of “common sense” was an aberration).

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Pushing out the limits: ‘L’informe’

The following text is an excerpt from a review of ‘L’informe’ at the Centre Georges Pompidou that was originally featured in Apollo Magazine, November 1996. For the full text please download the PDF. Excerpt: ‘L’Informe’, the exhibition at the Centre Georges Pompidou organized last summer by Yve-Alain Bois and Rosalind Krauss, who also conceived and […]

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Mondrian’s Antimonies

The following text is an excerpt from a review of a Piet Mondrian exhibition that took place at the National Gallery of Art, the Haags Gemeentemuseum, and the Museum of Modern Art and was published in Apollo, winter 1995. For the full review please download the PDF. Excerpt: La peinture reste pour moi le monde […]

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Monet at the Art Institute of Chicago

The following text is an excerpt from a review of Monet at the Art Institute of Chicago published in Apollo Magazine, summer 1995. For the full text please download the PDF. Excerpt: Almost any French man or woman who spent the eve of Bastille Day at the Art Institute of Chicago this year would have […]

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The Impressionists before Impressionism

The following text is an excerpt from a review of the show ‘The Impressionists before Impressionism’ in Apollo magazine, December 1994. For the full text, please download the PDF file: In so far as Impressionism is traditionally regarded as containing the origins of modernism, the present exhibition could have been titled ‘Impressionism: the origins of […]

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Seeing, touching, being touched by Matisse

The following text is an excerpt from a review of a Matisse Retrospective at MoMA, which appeared in Apollo, December 1992. For the full text, please download the PDF. Excerpt: In 1937, the celebrated poet Paul Valery, a direct contemporary of Matisse, described how he percieved the situation of the arts from the turn of […]

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Review

Reading Pissarro

The following text is an excerpt from a review of Correspondance de Camille Pissarro, 5 vols., edited by Janine Bailly-Herzberg, Paris and Pontoise, 1980-1991, Apollo, November 1992. For the full text, please download the PDF. Excerpt: The publication of 2,092 letters written by Pissarro to numerous and various correspondents can be hailed as one of […]

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