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Book Review of Jean Baudrillard’s Pataphysics


Book Review of Jean Baudrillard’s Pataphysics

Reviewed by Joseph Nechvatal
at The International Journal of Baudrillard Studies (IJBS)
http://www.ubishops.ca/BaudrillardStudies/vol4_1/nechvatal.htm


METAPHYSICS AND THE VIRTUAL

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metaphysicsmetaphysicsCURATED BY ROBERT C. MORGANMETAPHYSICS AND THE VIRTUAL
JOSEPH NECHVATAL AND HUSTON RIPLEY
The Roger Smith Lab Gallery
DECEMBER 14-23, 2006

OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15TH, 630-9PM

This exhibition will focus on the works of two artists whose endeavors in the realm of an aesthetic/conceptual practice represents an overlay between the rehabilitation of metaphysics and the virtuality of the information age.


YVES KLEIN @ The Centre Pompidou / Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris

YVES KLEIN
CORPS, COULEUR, IMMATÉRIEL
5 OCT. 06 - 5 FEB. 07
The Centre Pompidou / Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris

Long live the immaterial!
-Yves Klein, The Chelsea Hotel Manifesto

Yves Klein is for me, and many others, the most important French artist after Henri Matisse. This may sound somewhat appalling to some, as Klein enjoyed only a very concise, but invigorating, seven-year artistic career. But I will clarify this controversial judgment by pointing out his historic relevance to our era of digital culture. The emphasis here will be on Klein’s conceptual articulation of the spatial and the ephemeral/immaterial in relationship to our current actual state of virtuality. Indeed the subtitle of the exhibition, CORPS, COULEUR, IMMATÉRIEL (Body, Color, Immaterial), itself brings out the salient viractual (*1) aspects of Klein's art.


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