Astrit Schmidt-Burkhardt Maciunas’ “Atlas of Russian History”

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Astrit Schmidt-Burkhardt Maciunas’ “Atlas of Russian History” “Outside of a linear historicality” Laurence Weiner George Maciunas’ outstanding oeuvre [opus magnum] of about three dozen story-diagrams was developed between 1953 and 1973. He spent twenty years dealing with diagrammatic illustrations of historic-political, cultural historical, economic and artistic causalities, starting out as a versatile and curious student, […]

John Buridan (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

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John Buridan (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy) First published Mon May 13, 2002; substantive revision Mon Jul 10, 2006 Perhaps the most influential Parisian philosopher of the fourteenth century, John Buridan did much to shape the way philosophy was practiced not only during his own lifetime, but throughout the later scholastic and early modern periods. He […]

Foundations for Fluxions

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Foundations for Fluxions Bjørn Smestad Cand. Scient Thesis in Mathematics Department of Mathematics University of Oslo 1995 Contents 1 Introduction: The mathematical world 1650-1750 2 Newton’s foundation for the fluxional calculus 3 The Analyst controversy 4 Colin MacLaurin 5 Roger Paman 6 The Analyst Controversy’s effect on England’s mathematical isolation 7 Conclusion Appendix A The […]

John Held Jr: Black Mountain College Museum, Networking Chance

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Networking Chance: “A Global Situation Involving the Possibility of People Everywhere and Anywhere” “Prepared by the author for presentation at “Re-Viewing Black Mountain College 2,” a conference co-hosted by The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center andThe University of North Carolina at Asheville, October 8-10, 2010. By John Held, Jr. In 1968, well before […]

An Anthology: The Education of Mr. Fluxus by John Held Jr.

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An Anthology: The Education of Mr. Fluxus The well-publicized angst of the Abstract Expressionist painters, laid bare on canvas and by in-fighting among themselves, rose from inner demons and newfound success. John Cage and colleagues, just as fiercely focused on their art as the Ab Ex’ers, labored unheralded during this same period, feeling besieged, misunderstood, […]

I’ve Ripened to the Genius of George Maciunas

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I’ve Ripened to the Genius of George Maciunas By John Held, Jr. I’ve ripened to the genius of George Maciunas. It wasn’t easy “getting him” as a young artist. I aged into him. In the process of learning about art, with each new level of understanding attained, I drew closer to a place where Maciunas […]

The Treatment of Vision: Arman’s Cachets

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The Treatment of Vision: Arman’s Cachets Introduction The cachets of Arman, his self-described rubber stamp works from the mid-to-late fifties, have been regarded by art critics and historians as necessary first steps in his coming of age as an artist; an awakening fascination with commonplace objects that deepened as the artist’s career progressed. It has […]

Bunny Dead: The Mysterious Life and Death of Ray Johnson and the Rise of the New York Correspondance School of Art

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Bunny Dead: The Mysterious Life and Death of Ray Johnson and the Rise of the New York Correspondance School of Art On January 13, 1995, Ray Johnson, the founding father of Mail Art, died under mysterious circumstances rivaling the enigmatic way in which he conducted his life. He was 67 years old, and leaves behind a […]

The Caustic Jelly Post Portraits of buZ blurr

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The Caustic Jelly Post Portraits of buZ blurr In the April 13, 1972, issue of Rolling Stone, then one of the most popular and influential youth culture American magazines, an article on mail art first appeared in a mass circulation journal. Written by Thomas Albright, the art critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, this “new […]

Guglielmo Achille Cavellini

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Guglielmo Achille Cavellini(1914-1990-2014) There is no artist in modern times, perhaps in all of time, who tried to insure (some would say purchase) his place in art history with the intensity of the Italian artist Guglielmo Achille Cavellini. His art of “self-historification” was based on the premise that no one knew the artist better than […]