“She wanted to control the household though the plant. The plant was her proxy or stooge. And she could give it orders before she left and see that they were carried out during the night. She really believed in these things.” -Paul Bowles on Cherifa, the Moroccan woman with whom Jane Bowles fell in love and who many think was responsible for her demise.
“Use never does anything but shelter meaning.” -Roland Barthes, The Eiffel Tower
“I imagine that for Williams the idea of either a subject or an author dictating so much meaning would be problematic, if not inadequate. I assume so because he so often severs the photograph’s meaning from the meaning of the subject depicted. The photograph of corn isn’t about corn but about photography itself: about the conditions of a photograph’s making, about all photographs, and about how such conditions are never disclosed in a photograph. It is a reality check against the false transparency of photography.” -Photographer Mark Wyse writing about the work of Christopher Williams; from the Aperture/LACMA publication Words Without Pictures.
“The second sentence of the Declaration of Independence is not a particularly beautiful sentence, but the idea of American beauty could not exist without the cool impudence of its first seven words: We hold these truths to be self-evident. In a single breath, this phrase exempts the sentence’s subsequent asseverations of human equality and unalienable rights from the claims of traditional conduct, religious belief, metaphysical certainty, and scientific proof. The words do what the thirteen colonies were themselves doing. The declare their independence and divest themselves of all external authority.” -Dave Hickey, The Invisible Dragon
“Two, three, four million extra? Worth it. After all, if you’re the evening’s big spender, you not only get to own an object you’ve just helped to make fantastically valuable, but your extravagance, with your name attached or not, also buys a mention in the news.” -Holland Cotter, The New York Times, May 5th, 2010
“Art is the highest form of hope.” -Gerhard Richter, The Daily Practice of Painting
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