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Parkett No. 83 Robert Frank, Wade Guyton, Christopher Wool Paperback – October 1, 2008
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Here's a bit from an essay on Christopher Wool (who must laugh all the way to the bank!): "These "tiny deportations" result in an experience of time rather than depth as an index emerges from the mix of clouded gesture and lacerated crossings, one that makes a positive of cancel and activates Wool's propulsive vision of null and void further into the frame with each pass" ... ?? WTF. I think that means many of his paintings are silly decorative scribbles. Who knows.
This type of nonsense-writing can be traced back to Nietzsche (who gives me a headache), down to Sartre and other existentialists, to Derrida and Foucault, on to Deleuze and Zizek (who also laughs all the way to bank, at least he will tell a funny joke or two). I guess some people feel "smart" when they write things that 99.9% of humans cannot understand. How does an editor, with a conscious (and an eye to the bottom line), allow stuff like this to be published?
On the plus side, the essays on Robert Frank were decent. Richard Flood's "Wool Gathering" was good, it even includes a scathing bit from Dave Hickey on Wool that is true, and makes the essay seem like a waste of effort. Also, Calvin Tompkins is an excellent and engaging art critic.
Say what you will about Hickey, but he is fun to read. Art Critic's!! People are trying to read this nonsense!! You need clarity and precision.