John Berger 1926-2016 - "Ways of Seeing" + More The loss of the living repositories of 20th century culture continues into 2017.
One of my two favorite art critics (the other was Robert Hughes) has passed away. Berger was a brilliant thinker, and popularizer of the ideas of Walter Benjamin, who questioned all assumptions about the western art tradition, such as authenticity, the objectification of the nude (vs. "naked," an important distinction he makes in ep. 2 of WAYS OF SEEING), the "great man" theory of art, and more.
Still very much worth watching. I've also included some other goodies: interviews and visual essays, a talk in 1983 with another of my idols, Susan Sontag, and video of him sketching Tilda Swinton. The talk with Sontag, on his show VOICES, is fascinating, a polite sparring match. I love almost everything she says here and the nuances of her thinking about storytelling, particularly questioning the value of truth and universality. To this day I still have the hugest braincrush on her.
"Eternity with Beelzebub, and all his hellish instruments of death, will be a picnic compared to five minutes with me and this pencil." - E. Blackadder, 1791 Questionable
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