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Into the White: The Renaissance Arctic and the End of the Image
European narratives of the Atlantic New World tell stories of people and things: strange flora, wondrous animals, and sun-drenched populations for Europeans to mythologize or exploit. Yet between 1500 and 1700 one region upended all of these conventions in travel writing, science, and, most unexpectedly, art: the Arctic. Icy, unpopulated, visually and temporally “abstract, ...more
Hardcover, 262 pages
Published May 14th 2019 by Zone Books
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So. Hmm. Well, I'd say about 50% of the book felt like it could have been produced by the Postmodernism Generator (which is a computer program that randomly produces postmodernist gibberish every time you load the page -- http://www.elsewhere.org/pomo/). The other 50% contained some interesting historical background and, very occasionally, erudite commentary on various works of art. To be clear, I enjoy art including abstract modern art and I understand that it is possible to intuit deep meaning ...more
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