[Fwd: Egyptian art show]

M A Jones mark at SPAMjones118.freeserve.co.uk
Sun Sep 19 14:00:49 MDT 1999

I find Gerald Van totally persuasive. What's yr problem with the great
Ruskin, Yoshie my darling?


----- Original Message -----
From: Yoshie Furuhashi <furuhashi.1 at osu.edu>
To: <marxism at lists.panix.com>
Sent: Sunday, September 19, 1999 7:16 PM
Subject: Re: [Fwd: Egyptian art show]

> >Macdonald Stainsby wrote:
> >> >On the contrary I believe our historians have been imposing their own
> >> >views of common labourers in more modern and particularly capitalist
> >> >times of how they assume ancient ruling classes treated their workers.
> >> >One hesitates to idealize those ancient societies, but I believe the
> >> >grunts who raised the massive rocks in the Pyramids were able to take
> >> >much pride and satisfaction in the precise placing of their huge rocks
> >> >as did the sculpters who carved  statues of Pharoahs with such skill
> >> >artistic sensitivity.
> >> >
> >> What has always struck me in my studies of the works of the Egyptian
era is
> >> the immensity of it all. . . .
> >
> >It would take a lot more than an (inevitably) anachronistic aesthetic
> >appreciation of Egyptian art to change my perspective on the pyramids,
> >gothic
> >catherals, Tibetan butter scultpure, and the World Trade Center as
> >all of a kind: dripping with human blood.
> >
> >Carrol
> Perspectives like Gerald Van's have existed within the loosely defined
> leftist views on art and artifacts at least since the 19th century (e.g.
> John Ruskin) championing this or that age, this or that genre, this or
> culture, but it never struck me as quite persuasive.
> Yoshie

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