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Saturday, August 17, 2002

Lear, il nonsense fatto re
Lear non solo reinventò il “nonsense verse”, seppe anche illustrarlo con i suoi disegni tanto apparentemente primitivi quanto espressivi. Vero e proprio fotogramma a matita dei grotteschi e patetici personaggi che popolano un universo terribilmente vittoriano di follia e falsa innocenza.
posted by Marco Graziosi 11:52 AM

Friday, August 16, 2002

Carroll's Artistry and Our Obsessions
THE man who wrote "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking-Glass" was an equally brilliant photographer. But in modern times Lewis Carroll's achievements have been overshadowed by the widely held conviction that his primary inspiration, literary and artistic, was an unsavory obsession with little girls.
New York Times, August 11, 2002
posted by Marco Graziosi 4:55 AM

In the eye of the beholder / Lewis Carroll photography show raises difficult aesthetic questions
The exhibition asks us to set aside cultural reference points such as the paintings of Balthus (1908-2001), Vladimir Nabokov's "Lolita," the photographs of Sally Mann and the profit system's address to children as a mass market precociously attuned to sexual innuendo.
Nickel's essay will persuade any reader that we ought to hold this knowledge in abeyance when we look at Carroll's pictures of children. But is it possible? Can we believe that Carroll innocently preferred female children's company because of a guilelessness and intelligence he found too seldom in adults?
San Francisco Chronicle, August 5, 2002
posted by Marco Graziosi 4:46 AM

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