Slide Show - Images (mostly) from The Illustrated History of Painting


Monday, November 23, 2015

Ceci N'est Pas Une Cigare

A spirtitualist-table-rapper's means of communication with the 'other side' or a Richard Artschwager table - sometimes, sometimes, a cigar is not just a cigar.

"A commodity appears at first sight an extremely obvious, trivial thing. But its analysis brings out that it is a very strange thing , abounding in metaphysical subtleties and theological niceties .... It is absolutely clear that, by his activity, man changes the forms of the materials of nature in such a way as to make them useful to him. The form of the wood, for instance, is altered if a table is made out of it. Nevertheless the table continues to be wood, an ordinary, sensuous thing. But as soon as it emerges as a commodity, it changes into a thing which transcends sensuousness. It not only stands with its feet on the ground, but, in relation to other commodities, it stands on its head, and evolves out of its wooden brain grotesque ideas, far more wonderful than if it were to begin dancing of its own free will."  - Karl Marx