The more I looked, the more there was to see

Janice Galloway recounts her many encounters with the paintings of Pieter Breugel @ Edinburgh Review. As a child, I knew what I loved. Pictures and growing things, words and animals – any or all of these and I was in seventh heaven. Animals delighted in their openness and purpose: curious, non-judgmental and never prey to… Read more »

Plasticized bodies

Peter Manseau explores the ethics and cultural meanings of death at a show of human corpses  @ Guernica. Questions concerning the ethical treatment of the dead have been with us at least since Sophocles, for whom a single act of leaving a corpse unburied brought mayhem that threatened the stability of society. In Antigone, the… Read more »

Our mechanized existence

James Polchin on the history and relevancy of 19th century photographer Eadweard Muybridge @ The Smart Set. In her book Motion Studies: Time, Space and Eadweard Muybridge, Rebecca Solnit writes that one of the most common phrases of the late 19th century was “the annihilation of time and space.” The steamship, the telegraph, the railroad… Read more »