and a senior project manager at the David Horowitz Freedom Center) seeks to deflect criticism of Israel's violations of international law and human rights in the Occupied Territories and elsewhere by presenting a highly selective portrait of the history of Palestinian nationalism that highlights any connections to Nazism, Communism, and/or Islamism and thus places the entirety of the blame for Israeli-Palestinian conflict on irrational Palestinian anti-Semitism while simultaneously eliding
and denying any genuine Palestinian political, social, and economic grievances.
Marshall McLuhan's famous characterization of information society as a "global village" with the "village idiot," a figure of extreme and doltish embodiment, Kessler uncannily signals precisely the ethos of information extraction that underlay American policy in Abu Ghraib.
In Young's Optimum Performance, 2003, an actor delivered a script by the artist: a vilely "motivational," casually insulting pep talk eliding
corporate and art-world uses of terms such as "performance" and "creativity." Among its recommendations: regular thirty-day performance reviews.
Here Lichtenstein seems to be investigating the possible ways to make a mark, eliding
intuitive experimentation and conceptual commentary.
Nevertheless, this presentation was not a full retrospective, eliding
as it did her early sculptural works of the '70s, which still followed in the arte povera tradition.
In other, words, and without in any way eliding
their political dimension as emblems of spiritual and legal custodianship, the Papunya Tula paintings now escape their local significance as signifiers of land ownership and ethnicity into another terrain.
Which is to say that this strategy has allowed Ma guire to keep faith with a tradition of expressionistic figuration even as he resists naturalizing or eliding
context and convention--tendencies that have so often compromised the radical potential of that tradition.
This direction was evident in Lipski's show at Galerie Lelong, "Exquisite Copse." By eliding
the "r," he inflects the arbitrariness of the Surrealists' "exquisite corpse" with intentionality and specificity of reference.
All of which goes to make an intriguing book which seems purposely to evade declaring its meaning by eliding
fabrication and fact.