lonely and abandoned on the market place

lonely and abandoned on the market place

I’m not making a syllabus but rather capturing these haptic engagements with (mostly) American voices critical of empire. And then there’s the choice to paint, the re-orientation/transposition of long-form thought, my own battle with an inability to write and utter failure to feel stabilized by any sense of value or agency — an unmoored mind, trapped in the market, confused about what constitutes community and the social… The title of the show is snatched from Walter Benjamin’s essay “Unpacking My Library”: “It is a frequent occurrence that someone gets stuck with a high purchase price because he kept raising his bid – more to assert himself than to acquire the book. On the other hand, one of the finest memories of a collector is the moment when he rescued a book to which he might never have given a thought, much less a wishful look, because he found it lonely and abandoned on the market place, and bought it to give it is freedom – the way the price bought a beautiful slave girl in The Arabian Nights. To a book collector, you see, the true freedom of all books is somewhere on his shelves.”

lonely and abandoned on the market place

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