The death of sensuous particulars

The death of sensuous particulars Adorno and abstract expressionism Jay Bernstein ‘Hell is the denial of the ordinary.’ John Ciardi, The Gift 1. This essay will engage in three distinct tasks simultaneously. first, it will form a light introduction to the philosophical aesthetics of T.W. Adorno. Second, it will reconnoitre a reading of abstract expressionism […]

Roma reason

Niklas Luhmann, who died in 1998 (see Obituary in RP 94), is not widely discussed by social and cultural theorists outside Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Scandinavia and Italy. Yet in Germany his influence rivals and even exceeds that of Habermas in certain reaches of social theory, extending also to philosophers and logicians. More surprisingly, perhaps, he […]

Jeff Wall

Interview jeff wall Art after photography, after conceptual art Peter osborne Let’s start with a question about theory. Do you consider theory to play a formative role in your art practice as well as your critical writing? And, if so, what is the difference between the two cases? Jeff wall It’s changed. In the early […]