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Long-Form Writings on Contemporary Art, Film, Politics, and Other Topics
The Aesthetics of Isolation

The Aesthetics of Isolation

        byGeorge A. Magalios We are vehicles of thinking. We are vehicles that receive and vehicles that transmit. As such we are creatures of communication and process. A vehicle is a vessel that houses a thing. It is also an object...

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The Aesthetics of Isolation

The Aesthetics of Isolation

        byGeorge A. Magalios We are vehicles of thinking. We are vehicles that receive and vehicles that transmit. As such we are creatures of communication and process. A vehicle is a vessel that houses a thing. It is also an object...

Kiefer As Phenomenon

Kiefer As Phenomenon

    The Production of Age     byGeorge A. Magalios One doesn’t view Anselm Kiefer’s work. One experiences it. The German artist is as much a phenomenologist as he is a painter, sculptor and photographer. His works “appear to view” as truths and...

Baroque Obama

Baroque Obama

Tribal Kitsch by Emmanuel Zacharovsky The case of the official portrait of former President Barack Obama reveals many things about the American aesthetic condition. If by “aesthetic” I include political considerations, contemporary art norms and cultural...

Luc Tuymans and the Use Value of Irony

Luc Tuymans and the Use Value of Irony

by George A. Magalios First Presented at the College Art Association Conference, New York, 2007 A Cynic is a spy who aims to discover what things are friendly or hostile to man; after making accurate observations, he then comes back and reports the truth. -Epictetus...