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Wednesday, May 11, 2005

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I asked an art-history grad-student friend of mine if there was such a thing as an art book from the academy that wasn't a poorly written embarrassment of theoretical poverty. My general point at the time was that there was no such thing. She recommended 'Looking Askance' and proved me wrong. It asks why people (like me) primarily attack modern art as fraud, rather than as incompetence or ugliness. Check out the spooky first chapter and find out what a spirit medium and Marcel Duchamp had in common.