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The emperor’s old clothes

Wittgenstein remarked that in art, it is hard to say anything as good as saying nothing at all. The British philosopher R. G. Collingwood divided writers about the philosophy of art into artist-aestheticians, who knew what they were talking about, but could only talk nonsense about it, and philosopher-aestheticians, who talked sense but without knowing what they were talking about. 206 more words

Cognitive Error

He strove to resuscitate the dead art…

If you were expecting Sajid Javid to be replaced as minister for culture in our recent reshuffle, perhaps on the grounds that his qualifications for the job were far from obvious, spare a thought for the two ministers in Ireland responsible for the Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht, who it turns out – to huge political embarrassment – can’t speak Irish. 1,065 more words

Art History

Dark Noise – my ten pence worth …

So what are you writing then? my friend asked. “I’ve started a new blog where I’ve been talking about things like art and Tracey Emin’s bed…” “SORRY! 885 more words

Life Writing

Happy Bastille Day!

Happy Bastille Day, friends! July 14 marks the events (including the famous storming of the Bastille in 1789) that marked the French Revolution and the subsequent establishment of the French Federation in 1790.

Art History

Egyptian Statue Generates 16 Million Pounds to Benenfit Northampton Museum

Despite ridiculous interference from the Egyptian government and objections from a few purist fanatics, this statue, in the Museum’s collection for over a century, sold for 16 million Pounds to benefit Northampton Museum – … 6 more words

New publication: Renaissance Now!

This volume directs a transdisciplinary gaze on the field of Renaissance Studies as currently practised in Europe, North America and beyond. The concept of the Renaissance as applied to a particular time and place is still regarded as being of central importance to the history of thought and culture. 191 more words

Cultural Studies