Excerpts from Beauty (Is the New Absurdity)
Beauty was thereafter ugly the new black till Roman come rioted Miss Mark’s kingdom quadrille speed now the new black billboards grey as Richter’s whores are standpoint’s seepage—what’s left of black is till Roman come rioted Why does beauty increase as civilization increases?
…occasion for ugliness: firstly, the emotions in their wildest
outbursts, secondly, physical exertions in their extremest degree; thirdly, the need to inspire fear through one’s appearance which is at lower and imperiled cultural levels so great and frequent that it even prescribes demeanour and ceremonial and makes
of ugliness a duty. … (Daybreak) til Roman come post noman are we opheliacs under altered ocean fishes under spell of the pill & silver like
Who’s Who as the shore’s
a border poisoned like Macarthur ordered: allocation
till total information
of host is past texted
the pyx and cwm
waitressed omnicorporal beauty you must swear to me upon a parcel-gilt goblet, sitting in my Dolphin chamber, at the round table, by a sea-coal fire, upon Wednesday in Wheeson week whose frequency makes of ugliness a duty till Daybreak
we will sleepers in capsules who flee spectral prison buzz amidst glass maws sung after
hims, with our etceteras own
Jennifer Scappettone’s recent writing appears or is coming soon in 26, 580 Split, Aufgabe, Chain, The Best American Poetry 2004, The Poker, Tripwire, Volt, War and Peace, and other places. She lives and co-curates various and elusive reading series in Berkeley.
Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of BeautyBy Ruby Redstone
JUNE 2023 | ArtSeen
Is the Lagerfeld found within Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty a man, content amongst cans of half-drunk soda, or is he a god, elevated to higher standards of aesthetic perfection? The Costume Institute seems unable to make up its mind on this matter.
beauty begrudged refuses to pose againBy Ọlákìítán Adéolá
NOV 2022 | Critics Page
It started on a sunny day on a rooftop in Ebute Metta, after he impulsively went out to get a ten-foot-tall mirror. In front of it, he swayed from right to left, his arms outstretched, and posed; then he stood at attention, clamped both arms by the hips and posed; squatted and posed; pursed his lips and posed.
Gabriel Rico: Of Beauty and ConsolationBy Madeleine Seidel
MAY 2021 | ArtSeen
For Of Beauty and Consolation, Ricowho is currently based in Guadalajaraexplores mortality and meaning in the modern era through large sculptural pieces that incorporate scientific motifs and found objects such as neon lights, antlers, and horseshoes.
Eric Fischl: Towards the End of an Astonishing Beauty: An Elegy to Sag Harbor, and thus AmericaBy Alfred Mac Adam
OCT 2022 | ArtSeen
In the case of Eric Fischl, psychological means a painterly style works through a mental Gestalt process: instead of our eye completing a broken line as it would in a Gestalt experiment, it is our minds that complete Fischls works.