Alan Wall: ‘It is hard to imagine a Russian iconographer saying that in art one must kill the father. There the tradition, and its continuity, is of the essence. It is only when form is under dynamic interrogation, when art is turning itself inside out, when the new is in radical conflict with the old, that spiritual parricide appears to be in order. Modernism negotiates a crisis of form. The old realism had become, according to Brancusi, ‘a confusion of familiarities’, and the word familiarity is linked morphologically to the word family. So if you want to attack that effectively you will need to go for the head, which is to say the paterfamilias. So shall we modify Picasso’s statement and say, in modern – and certainly modernist – art one must kill the father, because the father still commands that kingdom which represents our ‘confusion of familiarities’? His is the old formality that must be broken up by those excluded from the Salon, the Young Turks of innovation and dissent stirring out there on the street.’
Gogarty’s goggles: Ian Sansom visits the Dublin Writers Museum | Peter Riley on the ‘youth tactic’ in poetry: British and American anthologies | Three poems by Steve Kronen | Two new poems by Michelene Wandor | A. Jay Adler on art and torture in Zero Dark Thirty | Peter Knobler on Bruce Springsteen. | Anthony O’Hear on modern marriage. | Paul Cohen: A pataphysical education.
THE ROYAL INSTITUTE OF PHILOSOPHY
Jacobson Philosophy Courses for Schools: No cost to qualifying institutions. Workshop: Keble College, Oxford. 7 June 2013. Organisers: Edward Harcourt (Oxford), Tim Chappell (Open University). For details: The Royal Institute of Philosophy.
THE SHEARSMAN READINGS
Swedenborg Hall, Swedenborg House, 20/21 Bloomsbury Way, London. 4 June: Aidan Semmens
launches By the North Sea, his anthology of Suffolk poetry, with readings by Andy Brown, Andrew Brewerton, Charlotte Geater, Rod Pybus and Victor Tapner. For details: Shearsman Books.
2011: Golden-beak in eight parts. By George Basset (H. R. Haxton).
2012: The Invention of the Modern World in 18 parts. By Alan Macfarlane.
Chronicle & Notices
Notes & Comment
Writers Museum, Dublin: tat and ephemera.
The youth tactic. | Edward Dorn – a two-part review. | What’s happened to ‘working-class’ poetry? | The ‘infinitely expandable’ minimalism of Anthony Barnett. | The prosaic declarations of ‘world poetry’. | Books received: Summer 2012. | Alistair Noon and the English Sonnet. | Peter Hughes and Oystercatcher Press. | Poetry Prize Culture and the Aberdeen Angus. | Denise Riley and the force of bereavement. | Poetry beyond the cults and enclaves.
Four new poems by John Welch. | Peter Hughes: Quite Frankly, a sequence.
Alan Wall: Pattern recognition and the periodic table. | Extremities of perception in an age of lenses. | Demotic ritual. | Science and disenchantment. | The self-subversion of the book. | Newton’s prisms. | The Janus face of Metaphor. | Clues and labyrinths. | Ruin, the collector and sad mortality.
Keith Johnson: Kuramata’s ‘Miss Blanche’ chair. | A silver fruit bowl by Ettore Sottsass. | Pistoletto’s wall lamp. | Franz West’s austere chain lamp | Joseph Kosuth’s dream of Freud’s couch. | Lawrence Weiner’s mythic waste basket. | …and his desk and bench with a message.
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