FAREWELL TO AN IDENTITY BUCHLOH PDF

DESCRIPTION. Text by Benjamin Buchloh piblished on Artforum on December Transcript. Download Farewell to an Identity Text by Benjamin Buchloh piblished on Artforum on December TRANSCRIPT. 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 Looking up from the book, the reader inevitably tries to relate Buchloh’s . in the exposure of all fascination with fetishistic possession or seamless identities.

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This is a terrific collection of essays that provides a valuable opportunity to review the intellectual development and ambitions of one of the leading critics of our time.

In a manner now generally anathema to scholars both junior and senior alike, this book breathes its allegiance to the old ideal throughout with rarely ever a sigh or sense of fatigue. For better or worse, it might be said, it has little of the melancholy of a Farewell to an Idea.

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There is nothing vulgar about the this commitment, however: Listen, for example, to the tone of this characteristic passage: To put it another way, what this book provides is an opportunity to see in a clearer and more detailed light that which we have known about Buchloh all along—i. The one insight that may buchpoh been less visible previously but comes clearly into view when reading these essays together as intellectual history is that this is true now more than ever.

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His critical impulse is somewhat complicated by the focus on individual artists in the other essays included here simply because he is not engaged directly in critique or even so much in the discrimination between good art and bad farweell such discriminations are always assumed if not always directly statedbut is attuned instead to the interest of the work in question, appraised according to its measure of historical reach and acuity.

It is here that Buchloh emerges as an art historian even more than a critic and as an Adornian in the best possible sense: That said, however, we can idengity see a clear methodological shift that has taken place over the course of that career.

If the critical scale of the fareqell Buchloh ran from art that served myth on one end to art that negated it on the other, from art that perpetuated spectacular identity forms—the myth of the artist as shaman, for example, or the artist as ideologist, or the myth of the artist as autonomy realized—to art that deconstructed such forms, the later Buchloh has come to appreciate art for its capacity to provide the experience of nonmythic forms of identity.

His model of criticality thus might be said to have shifted from one side of the artwork to the other.

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Crisis Fashion

Where before such a critical consciousness had marked a position that was roughly that of science or philosophy, a position that negated illusory and obfuscating identity structures by rendering them as epiphenomenal to the movements of history, now it has come to be much more strongly oriented toward its capacity to produce identity rather than deconstruct it.

Historical consciousness, thus, is rendered not as historical knowledge or understanding or insight as they are usually understood, but as a manner of self -consciousness, as the experience of subjectivity per se, of self as history, in a world that would have that experience be otherwise.

Writing inAdorno offered this description of the ethical and epistemological criterion that governed his practice: Please send comments about this review to editor. A Publication of the College Art Association.

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