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By Seth Kim-Cohen

Against Ambience diagnoses - so one can medication - the paintings world's fresh flip towards atmosphere. Over the process 3 brief months - June to September, 2013 - the 4 such a lot prestigious museums in ny indulged the atmosphere of sound and lightweight: James Turrell on the Guggenheim, Soundings at MoMA, Robert Irwin on the Whitney, and Janet Cardiff on the Met. additionally, outstanding indicates at smaller galleries point out that this isn't easily a major-donor circulate. jointly, those exhibits represent an offer approximately what we would have liked from artwork in 2013.

While we are within the tender include of sunshine, the NSA and fb are nonetheless gathering our information, the cash in our financial institution debts remains to be getting used to fund who-knows-what with no our wisdom or consent, the govt we elected remains to be imprisoning and focusing on individuals with whom we haven't any red meat. We deserve an paintings that's the equivalent of our info age. now not person who parrots the age's self-assertions or modes of dissemination, yet an paintings that's hyper-aware, vigilant, lively, engaged, and knowledgeable.

We at the moment are 100 years away from Duchamp's first readymades. So why should still we discover ourselves so completely in thrall to atmosphere? Against Ambience argues for an artwork that recognizes its personal tools and intentions; its personal place within the constructions of cultural strength and persuasion. instead of the nice and cozy glow of sunshine or the soothing wash of sound, Against Ambience proposes an paintings that cracks the outside of our triumphing styles of stumble upon, beginning efficient disruptions and deconstructions.

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