ARTBOOK LOGO

ARTBOOK BLOG

RECENT POSTS

DATE 9/14/2015

Fashion: Glam, Punks & Rockers

DATE 9/12/2015

Fashion: The Classics

DATE 9/10/2015

Fashion: The Avant-Gardes

DATE 9/7/2015

The Maddest Dream a Man Could Make: Casa Malaparte

DATE 9/6/2015

Not Built for Mortal Men: Karl Lagerfeld's Photos of Casa Malaparte

DATE 9/5/2015

Karl Lagerfeld: Casa Malaparte

DATE 9/2/2015

Made in the Americas: Cabinet, Lima, Peru

DATE 9/1/2015

Made in the Americas: John Singleton Copley: "Nicholas Boylston"

DATE 8/31/2015

Made in the Americas: Abraham Gessner Globe

DATE 8/30/2015

Hellen van Meene: The Years Shall Run Like Rabbits: Untitled 1995 girl in striped dress

DATE 8/29/2015

Hellen van Meene: The Years Shall Run Like Rabbits, Untitled Tokyo

DATE 8/28/2015

Hellen van Meene: The Years Shall Run Like Rabbits

DATE 8/28/2015

Don't Miss Jonathan Horowitz' 160 Dots Project at Swiss Institute!

DATE 8/27/2015

Crafted: Objects in Flux: Sonya Clark, Hair Craft Project

DATE 8/26/2015

Crafted: Objects in Flux: Jonathan Keep, Sound Surface

DATE 8/26/2015

Mexico Illustrated 1920–50

DATE 8/25/2015

Come to the ARTBOOK | D.A.P. & Siglio Press Los Angeles Sample Sale

DATE 8/25/2015

The Collected Hairy Who Publications 1966-1969: Karl Wirsum

DATE 8/24/2015

The Collected Hairy Who Publications 1966-1969: Jim Falconer

DATE 8/23/2015

Xanti Schawinsky

DATE 8/23/2015

The Collected Hairy Who Publications 1966-1969: Jim Nutt

DATE 8/22/2015

Bruce Davidson: Nature of Los Angeles 2008–2013

DATE 8/21/2015

Bruce Davidson: Los Angeles 1964

DATE 8/20/2015

Making Africa: Vincent Michéa, Untitled (black with spot)

DATE 8/19/2015

Making Africa: Omar Victor Diop, Dom Nicolau

DATE 8/18/2015

Making Africa: Zanele Muholi, Zinzi and Tozama I, Mobray Capetown

DATE 8/17/2015

Monet, Gauguin, Van Gogh … Japanese Inspirations: Vincent Van Gogh, "Sower with Setting Sun"

DATE 8/16/2015

Monet, Gauguin, Van Gogh … Japanese Inspirations: Paul Gauguin, "Still Life with Three Puppies"

DATE 8/15/2015

Monet, Gauguin, Van Gogh … Japanese Inspirations: Utagawa Hiroshige, "Plum Estate, Kameido"

DATE 8/15/2015

Japanese Inspirations

DATE 8/14/2015

Danny Lyon: The Bikeriders

DATE 8/14/2015

Photographer Greg Gorman to Sign Books at Arcana

DATE 8/14/2015

Back to School

DATE 8/12/2015

Joel Sternfeld: American Prospects

DATE 8/11/2015

Nan Goldin: The Ballad of Sexual Dependency

DATE 8/10/2015

Stephen Shore: Uncommon Places

DATE 8/9/2015

Diane Arbus

DATE 8/8/2015

William Eggleston's Guide

DATE 8/7/2015

Ai Weiwei: On the Table

DATE 8/6/2015

International Pop: Okamoto Shinjiro "One Little Indian…"

DATE 8/6/2015

International Pop: Antônio Henrique Amaral, 'Homenagem séc. XX/XXI (20th/21st Century Tribute)'

DATE 8/5/2015

International Pop: Andy Warhol, "Sixteen Jackies"

DATE 8/4/2015

International Pop: David Hockney, "The Room, Tarzana"

DATE 8/3/2015

International Pop

DATE 8/3/2015

Books on International Pop

DATE 8/3/2015

Madeline Weisburg Interviews 'International Pop' Designer Andrea Hyde

DATE 8/2/2015

Dan Flavin: Series and Progressions

DATE 8/1/2015

Variations on Minimalism

DATE 8/1/2015

Jens Hoffmann Book Launch at Swiss Institute

DATE 8/1/2015

Dan Flavin: Series and Progressions

DATE 7/31/2015

Axel Hoedt


EXCERPTS & ESSAYS

MING LIN | DATE 12/1/2011

Documenta Notebooks: William Kentridge & Peter L. Galison, The Refusal of Time

Though not always explicit, a preoccupation with time has inherently been a factor in western works of art.  Drawing from it's religious antecedents, works of the early modern period attempted to immortalize their creators, securing both the notion of the individual and the place of the artist within the canon - both essential parts of the modern nation state. Art, by providing a material imprint, acted as proof of ones existence and as a window into a higher realm of thought. For a moment, art harnessed time, froze it, and used it to project certain ideas about how society should organize itself.
In The Refusal of Time, artist William Kentridge and physicist Peter Galison explore the ways in which time has been utilized as means of control. The first of two essays describes the event which set the precedent for systems of measurement to be exact and standardized.  At the end of the 19th century, 18 countries agreed to recognize the meter and the kilogram as common units, based on a meter stick and a weight chosen at random and then buried in the earth. From this moment on, Galison writes: "every atom and asteroid, every galaxy and giraffe, would be given in terms of those two metal objects deep below ground." A craze for conventional forms of all measurement ensued, time above all.  A standard time zone was established in europe and soon extended to the colonies as well. 
But over time the inherent value of the meter and the kilogram has been degraded, the kilo loosing fifty millionths of a gram over the past 120 years. To Galison this suggests a universe "populated by the inexistent, failed objects that are, for their lack of reality, the most real of all" -meaning that the systems of value that govern us as are complex, elusive and arbitrary. Einstein, in his theory of relativity, claimed that every person carried his or her own time, this being contingent on movement, and thus he proposed a relation between time and space. A re-examination of time finds it to be defined by procedure and process rather than an absolute simultaneity. Galison concludes that presently, time and the rational frameworks which it is understood to be a part of are vestiges of an "obsolete science," a mere illusion. A contemporary notion of time is one that bears the human mark upon it. It is determined not by the rhythms of some unfathomable object, but by the blood coursing through our veins.
Documenta Notebooks: William Kentridge & Peter L. Galison, The Refusal of Time

Artists since the 1990s have increasingly emphasized the temporal rather than spatial in visual representations. Gerhard Richter's blurred and saturated paintings, for example, allude to the condition of memory - a product of time that is constantly in flux. In these compositions, the visible movement of the brush across the events depicted conveys the passing of time. William Kentridge's video works similarly illustrate the relation between space and time. His videos are comprised of pencil drawings drawn on a single sheet of paper, then erased or altered, and then redrawn, enacting a narrative where traces of lines and erasure denote process. In the Documenta notebook, Kentridge's sketches contemplate time as physical and spatial and therefore, alongside Galison's writings, demonstrate that time does not stand alone but is interconnected with space and other human forms of measure. This is not to do away with time altogether, but to reveal its constructed nature so that new forms of governance may emerge. 

Documenta Notebooks: William Kentridge & Peter L. Galison, The Refusal of Time
Documenta Notebooks: William Kentridge & Peter L. Galison, The Refusal of Time
Documenta Notebooks: William Kentridge & Peter L. Galison, The Refusal of Time
Documenta Notebooks: William Kentridge & Peter L. Galison, The Refusal of Time
Documenta Notebooks: William Kentridge & Peter L. Galison, The Refusal of Time
Documenta Notebooks: William Kentridge & Peter L. Galison, The Refusal of Time

William Kentridge & Peter L. Galison: The Refusal of Time

William Kentridge & Peter L. Galison: The Refusal of Time

HATJE CANTZ
Pbk, 7 x 9.75 in. / 48 pgs / 29 color.

$10.00  free shipping



ARTBOOK LOGO
 
 

the artworld's favorite source for books on art and culture

  

CUSTOMER SERVICE
orders@artbook.com
212 627 1999
M-F 9-5 EST

TRADE ACCOUNTS

800 338 2665

CONTACT

JOBS + INTERNSHIPS

NEW YORK
Showroom by Appointment Only
155 Sixth Avenue
New York NY 10013
Tel   212 627 1999

LOS ANGELES
Showroom by Appointment Only
818 S. Broadway, Suite 700
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Tel. 323 969 8985

ARTBOOK LLC
D.A.P. | Distributed Art Publishers, Inc.


All site content Copyright C 2000-2013 by Distributed Art Publishers, Inc. and the respective publishers, authors, artists. For reproduction permissions, contact the copyright holders.

ARTBOOK AMPERSAT

The D.A.P. Catalog
www.artbook.com