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6 Modern Winners in Carolina

J. Michael Welton | Posted 07.31.2015 | Arts
J. Michael Welton

Some are picked, as the saying goes, but few are chosen. That's the case with the 2015 Matsumoto Prize winners, in a competition sponsored by North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH).

An American Artist Rediscovered: Yasuo Kuniyoshi

Frank H. Wu | Posted 07.30.2015 | Arts
Frank H. Wu

The Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. has a sensational survey closing soon: a major retrospective of the Japanese émigré painter Yasuo Kuniyoshi.

The Month in Metamodernism #3

Seth Abramson | Posted 07.21.2015 | Entertainment
Seth Abramson

Metamodernism is the dominant cultural philosophy of the Internet Age. The term was coined in 1975 by American professor Mas'ud Zavarzadeh, and has been in irregular usage since then.

Egyptian Artist Wael Shawky Is Pulling the Strings of Crusade and Jihad at MoMA PS1

G. Roger Denson | Posted 07.22.2015 | Arts
G. Roger Denson

In Wael Shawky's trilogy it's historicism, not history, that is being culled, a deliberate seeing in the past the makings of the present or more recent past.

The Month in Metamodernism #2

Seth Abramson | Posted 06.11.2015 | Entertainment
Seth Abramson

This ongoing column series looks at some of the art that generatively confused us in recent months because it was, for a change, metamodern rather than discretely Modern or postmodern.

The Month in Metamodernism #1

Seth Abramson | Posted 06.01.2015 | Entertainment
Seth Abramson

As we eagerly await the beginning of Season 2 of Rick and Morty -- the Holy Grail of metamodernist adventuring (Cameron Carpenter's brilliance notwithstanding) -- we take a look at some of the art that generatively confused us in recent months because it was (for a change) metamodern rather than discretely modern or postmodern.

Five More Basic Principles of Metamodernism (VIDEOS)

Seth Abramson | Posted 05.14.2015 | Books
Seth Abramson

Recently, I published an article entitled "Ten Basic Principles of Metamodernism" that aimed to summarize the state of metamodern discourse today.

Ten Basic Principles of Metamodernism

Seth Abramson | Posted 06.25.2015 | Books
Seth Abramson

While metamodernism is not a movement or a manifesto for living, it is nevertheless possible for individuals, groups, and even social and political structures to come to be informed by metamodern principles.

Six Modern Religions for Freethinkers

Jasmine Jaksic | Posted 06.27.2015 | Religion
Jasmine Jaksic

How should one decide what to believe? If you're looking for a religion, here are six suggestions that are much more fun and in some ways make more sense than the mainstream ones.

Metamodern Literature and the Metaverse

Seth Abramson | Posted 06.15.2015 | Books
Seth Abramson

The term "metamodernism" first appeared in 1975, in a scholarly article by Mas'ud Zavarzadeh that focused its attention on 1970s domestic politics, a small subset of 1970s metafiction, and the burgeoning "technetronic culture" the author considered certain to emerge in the 1980s and 1990s.

Remembering Architect Michael Graves

Peter Matthews | Posted 06.09.2015 | Arts
Peter Matthews

How best to remember the late, Postmodern architect Michael Graves? Probably, for the novel way he showed us how to see the world. Graves shared that way of seeing in both his humanistic reasoning and his legendary drawings.

The Metamodernist Manifesto

Seth Abramson | Posted 06.01.2015 | Books
Seth Abramson

What I'm describing is at once entirely scientific and the stuff of fantasy. Last night I saved two people from being swept up in a tornado. It wasn...

Four Design Movements that Formed How We Think

Soren Petersen | Posted 05.23.2015 | Style
Soren Petersen

Even more than art, design shapes how we experience our surroundings and ourselves. Think about it: art, almost by definition, abstracts from the details of everyday life; design shapes them in the most immediate way.

Pope Francis: The Reformer

Stan Chu Ilo | Posted 05.13.2015 | Religion
Stan Chu Ilo

While he has not substantially altered the content of that message which is often seen as conservative, Eurocentric, and resistant to the exigencies of history and social change, he is chipping away at its foundations through a new hermeneutic of multiplicity and inclusion.

Shopping for a Modernist Holiday Tablescape at the Cooper Hewitt

Sarah Archer | Posted 02.10.2015 | Arts
Sarah Archer

One of my favorite holiday memories from my school days on East 91st Street is of browsing the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum's gift shop in search of exquisite, handmade Christmas ornaments and educational stocking stuffers.

Meet The Georgia O'Keeffe Of Lebanon

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 12.11.2014 | Arts

Purple breasts, orange thighs, green mountains, pink butts -- these are the amorphous subjects of artist Huguette Caland. The Lebanese artist, the dau...

Stacey Moore: Curiosity Rover

Shana Nys Dambrot | Posted 01.30.2015 | Arts
Shana Nys Dambrot

Stacey Moore is a voracious autodidact with a near-pathological appetite for trying new things. If she had a motto, she jokingly but knowingly admits it would be, "I wonder what would happen if I..."

This Three-Word Poem By Jesse Damiani Just Changed Everything

Seth Abramson | Posted 01.11.2015 | Books
Seth Abramson

Damiani's poem urges us to push on past cynicism to find value in that which at first seems empty, and to then push on past even that discovery to the unknown places where additional meaning might yet be found.

Can the Trolling of Media Outlets Revitalize American Poetry?

Seth Abramson | Posted 12.31.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

The course title "Wasting Time on the Internet" may have the unfortunate side effect of misleading prospective students into thinking the course believes something it entirely rejects, but far more importantly it provokes American media outlets into taking notice.

Metamodernism: The Basics III

Seth Abramson | Posted 12.19.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

Reading all of the foregoing, one might wonder, "How can metamodernism claim to enable a vertical layering of ideas and identities in which no idea or identity is privileged over the others, when by all rights that should be both a physical and metaphysical impossibility?"

Metamodernism: The Basics II

Seth Abramson | Posted 12.14.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

The first major change in metamodernism since 2010 is a growing feeling that "metamodernism," as a system of logic, is a recurring phenomenon rather than one that's especially tied to a single moment in world history.

Metamodernism: The Basics

Seth Abramson | Posted 12.12.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

We live in a time in which we feel very isolated. The Internet is partly to blame; every day we say things online -- things that isolate others, and things that isolate us from others -- that are so unkind or merely thoughtless that we would never say them face-to-face.

The State of Risk in PoMo Verse (Part 2)

Seth Abramson | Posted 12.07.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

The politics of literary metamodernism presently resides in the same transitional and paradoxical state that the work itself does, and that its authors most certainly do.

Landscapes of Clarity - Dan Kiley's Modernist Origins in Seventeenth Century France

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 12.06.2014 | Arts
Charles A. Birnbaum

Despite all this new visibility for Kiley, there is much still not known and awaiting discovery, and part of that involves retracing his steps.

The State of Risk in PoMo Verse

Seth Abramson | Posted 12.01.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

In Cheap Signaling -- a serious and important study of poetic diction in the avant-garde -- Daniel Tiffany posits a revolutionary poetics without positing, too, a paradigm shift away from postmodernism.