Thursday, October 2, 2008

Coda: To the Painting Found

For the record I did enjoy Stephen W. Mellville's lecture "Were Painting To Exist". It was very difficult and the only talk that I am still mulling over. I came away thinking that it was somehow invoking Kant's sublime, being inside of something while simultaneously observing it, which was then tied to objecthood. So viewing is inhabiting and perceiving? I'll buy that.

I felt like people were a little mocking of him at the symposium, as if art critics are the bringers of clarity.

It got me thinking about the first few pages of Foucault's The Order of Things in which he expertly lays out this "reflexive location" discussion using Velazquez's Las Meninas.

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