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Description - The Arcades by Jens Hoffmann

The Arcades Project (1927-40), the monumental unfinished work of cultural criticism by Walter Benjamin, is the German philosopher's effort to comprehend urban modernity through the 19th-century Parisian shopping arcade. The Arcades: Contemporary Art and Walter Benjamin combines artworks with archival materials and poetic interventions to form an original, multifaceted response to this collagelike cultural text. Jens Hoffmann astutely pairs works by thirty-six well-known and emerging artists, including Lee Friedlander, Andreas Gursky, Pierre Huyghe, and Cindy Sherman, with the thirty-six "Convolutes," or themes, in Benjamin's text. Bound into the main volume is a graphic novelette, from the imagination of Vito Manolo Roma, of Benjamin's dream the night before he committed suicide while fleeing the Nazis. Scholarly essays by Hoffmann and Caroline A. Jones, texts selected by the poet Kenneth Goldsmith, reproductions of Benjamin's handwritten notes, and a list of the main Paris arcades discussed by him round out this extraordinary publication.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780300221992
ISBN-10: 0300221991
Format: Paperback / softback
(279mm x 184mm x mm)
Pages: 136
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 3-Mar-2017
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Jens Hoffmann

Jens Hoffmann is director of special exhibitions and public programs at the Jewish Museum.

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