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The Painting of the Future

Posted by perry on August 23, 2016  /   Posted in Blog

Neil Jenney, Ozarkia, 2014. 27.875 x 61 x 3.25 in.

Viewed from a distance, a painting with representational components seems to possess the clarity of a photograph. As a viewer walks closer, however, manifestations of the human hand begin to appear: A rough stone. A truncated branch. An unnatural hue. An ... Read More »

The Two Levers of Meaning

Posted by perry on March 06, 2016  /   Posted in Blog

John Duff, Timeline. 95 x 53 x 33 in. Photo by Sally Ross.

What does a work of art mean? The question seems particularly challenging for a painting or sculpture lacking a suggestive representational anchor. It is one thing to posit, correctly or not, that “the Mona Lisa’s meaning is ... Read More »

The Condition of Music

Posted by perry on July 21, 2015  /   Posted in Blog

Frank Gehry, Walt Disney Concert Hall. Downtown Los Angeles.

Civilization judges a work of art not by the quantity of its transportable propositions but by the glow of its ineffable illuminations. The skilled audience, for its part, champions an artifact less for what it signifies than for what it suggests. ... Read More »

Dining at the Joycean Table

Posted by perry on June 12, 2015  /   Posted in Blog
Picture a charming restaurant in the Paris of 1965 where a young writer named Robert J. Seidman is waxing enthusiastic about a novel he’s just read. “Isn’t Ulysses great?” he enthuses to his companion, a considerably older gentleman of Irish extraction. “I think it may be the best novel I’ve ... Read More »

From dissertation to published book

Posted by admin on April 28, 2014  /   Posted in Blog

So you’ve completed your brilliant dissertation—or a good portion of it. How do you turn your hard work into a published book? It’s a question common among doctoral candidates—especially those seeking tenure, for which book publication is de rigueur.

In an attempt to ease the transition from scholar to manuscript peddler, ... Read More »
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