By Rosalind E. Krauss

In accordance with the 1999 Walter Neurath Memorial Lecture, this publication makes use of the paintings of the Belgian artist Marcel Broodthaers to argue that the specifity of mediums, even modernist ones, can by no means be easily collapsed into the physicality in their help.

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As firmly as art, though few of them enrich it as The Lightning Field does. ) Do only self-conscious, deliberately communicative beings such as ourselves Wheeler acknowledges the implausibility of the view he sketches. Enough bits to structure a universe so rich in features as we know this world to be? Preposterous! Mice and men and all on Earth who may ever come to rank as qualify as observers? Or does any entity capable of storing and processing informa- intercommunicating meaning-establishing observer-participants will never mount tion count, from computer-driven surveillance cameras down to, say, the self- a bit-count sufficient to bear so great a burden.

Their raw umber, yellow, rose, and silver. We cruised right into the American sublime of animosity should come as no surprise. People who take to heart this so-called rela- Thomas Moran. tivism will not be easily duped by anyone’s claims to rightful, unassailable authority. Moran’s interest in Western landscape appears to have been sincerely awestruck, as well as commercial and official. He was a leading artist associated with the Great Surveys, the next wave after cavalry conquest, dispatched by the They will regard every reported fact as the outcome of a skirmish of agendas and interpretations, hardly the same thing as the concept of truth discredited.

The house was an architectural cousin to The Lightning Field cabin, but larger, In 1978, it had been a measureless slough of mud; now it is a tidy rural artery. bulkier. For a good half acre in every direction stretched a sculpture garden of rust- The area adjoining the Malpais lava fields near the highway’s north end has been ing tractors, trucks, appliances, and other scrap metal carcasses in every stage of dis- declared a National Monument. A paved parking lot and picnic tables await visitors section and decay.

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