By Guy Davenport

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"Connoisseurs of paintings, historical past, faith, and literature will experience this fantastic selection of ten tales via one in every of America's such a lot erudite writers. even though the tone is frequently playful, Davenport layers every one tale with numerous allusions and particularly vague meanings that maybe purely the main scholarly readers will totally have fun with. an excellent instance is "Meleager,'' within which the sexual play of 2 boys is juxtaposed with descriptions of geometry. one other is "And,'' a snippet (nine paragraphs) of a parable during which Jesus scatters seeds on a river. extra enjoyable are the longer stories, in particular "O Gadjo Niglo,'' a touching love tale advised by way of Eros, and "Gunner and Nikolai,'' with its shock finishing. Male sexuality is the primary topic, one the writer provides with mild yet sincerely critical rationale. The title--a tale in itself--is taken from Falstaff's demise imaginative and prescient, encouraged by way of the twenty third Psalm. It makes a so much becoming image for this most unique and imaginitive assortment. hugely recommended."

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A Photograph, a Drawing and a Painting In 1919, Sheeler moved from Philadelphia to Manhattan, New York and between 1919 and 1926 the artist produced a small but significant body of work whose subject matter was his new urban environment. These images of New York City are a continuation of Sheeler’s interest in the local environment; epitomised by his series of photographs of the Doylestown cottage. As such, Sheeler’s choice of New York subject matter is unsurprising; a concentration on those facets of the metropolis, its skyscrapers, its bridges and elevated railways that proved inspirational for artists of all denominations.

Here Sheeler sits at an easel working on a re-rendering of Interior with Stove in conté crayon. 109 The ‘something personal’ is again invoked and I want to suggest here that it is the work of light in Interior with Stove that makes it such an important image. It seems possible to imagine that in the other photographs in the constellation the light source is not a strategically placed photographic lamp but the light from this stove emanating through the house. Granted, the light in the stove is a lamp and not a fire, but Sheeler’s imagery seeks to make the analogy.

Before the close reading of Adorno’s strategy of immanent critique, I want to discuss his concept of Cubism in light of the above, with reference to Sheeler’s early work. Cubism as Critique The nuances of Sheeler’s appropriation of Cézanne have been somewhat overlooked in favour of more obvious formal similarities, which are often categorised as cubist. Just like the use of ‘modern’ in the compound phrase ‘modern artists’ in America at this time, so Cubism found itself a catchall for abstract art of any kind, including Futurism and Fauvism.

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