By Robin Maconie
Gertrude Stein and thinker Alfred North Whitehead have been not likely buddies who spent such a lot in their mature lives in exile: Stein in France and Whitehead within the usa. Their friendship was once in response to a mutual admiration for the philosophical pragmatism of William James and skepticism towards the ecu culture of highbrow abstraction extending way back to Plato and Aristotle. although neither used to be musical, either have been top exponents of a brand new orientation towards time and data acquisition that might move directly to impression succeeding generations of composers. via Virgil Thomson, Stein got here to steer John Cage and the recent York institution of summary tune; via his educating within the usa, Whitehead’s philosophy of time and cognition got here to be obvious in the United States and overseas instead to Newtonian neoclassicism, another essentially said within the metric modulations of Elliott Carter and Conlon Nancarrow in addition to the post-1950 overall serialism of Pierre Boulez and Karlheinz Stockhausen.
The probably not going impression of Stein and Whitehead on Thomson, Cage, Carter, and the minimalists tells a amazing tale of transmission inside and one of the arts and philosophy, one who Robin Maconie unravels via his sequence of essays in Avant Garde: An American Odyssey from Gertrude Stein to Pierre Boulez. Maconie explores, from Hollywood to Harvard, the best way tune services as a kind of communique around the barriers of language, serving the motives of exchange and international relations via its illustration of nationwide identification, emotional personality, honorable goal, and social self-discipline. The examine of tune as a language necessarily grew to become the item of knowledge technology after global warfare II, yet, as Maconie notes, 60 years on, music’s refusal to yield to clinical elucidation has generated a flow of anti-music propaganda via a robust collective of megastar technology writers. In a series of associated essays, Stockhausen professional Robin Maconie reconsiders the function of track and tune expertise via cautious exam of key sleek ideas with admire to time, lifestyles, id, and dating as formulated by means of such thinkers as Einstein, Russell, Whitehead, and Stein, besides Freud, Schoenberg, Wittgenstein, and Marcel Duchamp.
This foray into paintings, tune, technology, and philosophy is very best for college kids and students of those disciplines, in addition to these looking to comprehend extra deeply the effect those members had on one another’s paintings and glossy tune.
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These forms of knowledge, which initially can seem to be disconnected, all converge in the multiple centers of his interest in fish and their environments. For Rey, the increase in communication with new audiences plays a part in his desire to continue the series, because the work is accessible to everyone and has something to say to all who see it. This work relates to contemporary concerns about ecology, preservation, sustainability, and appreciation—all issues that have history and immediacy beyond art.
Rey arrived at this central place of artistic and cultural development, then, through a very personal exploration of home and self. Rey is very aware that by going outside the identity issues of his earlier work, the center grew to encompass the periphery, and his artistic and personal story became multicentric, containing multiperipheries in an ongoing exploration of new subjects and issues. The spectator of the Burchfield Penney exhibition and of Rey’s other exhibitions finds that his current work is large in scale.
Hagan Young Scholar/Artist Award from SUNY, Fredonia, for distinguished scholarly and creative activity, and the Minority Visiting Scholar Award from Central Missouri State University. In 1996, he was promoted to Professor of Painting. Simultaneously, his parents retired to Miami/Perrine, and he and Janeil began a series of annual visits to see them. In the same year, Rey accepted an additional position as the director/ curator of the Chautauqua Center of the Visual Arts at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York.