16/10/2013: Jan Verwoert

Pierre Bonard, “La Revue Blanche”, 1894.

Pierre Bonard, “La Revue Blanche”, 1894.

A Social Tapestry of Wildness

Impressionists recognized the retina as a skin best exposed to
outside light. The Nabis painters took the eyes from the fields
back into the salon and watched people blend in with the wallpaper
and bodies emerge from multicoloured multipatterned clothes, like
mimic insects. In their paintings they vividly picture the altered
social states in which the senses become relays for the body
electric circulating in their surroundings. Does modernism have a
specific medium? Yes: society’s living fluidum!

November 11, 2013
Written by Academy Lectures