The Afterlife of the Western Canon: Archive and Eschatology in Contemporary Japan

Kersey, Kristopher W. (2020). The Afterlife of the Western Canon: Archive and Eschatology in Contemporary Japan. The art bulletin, 102(4), pp. 121-145. Routledge 10.1080/00043079.2020.1765639

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Archived in Japan is a full-scale replica of the Western art historical canon. This repository, painstakingly fired onto ceramic plates, is meant to preserve this storied corpus as accurately and indelibly as possible. At stake in our understanding of this monumental undertaking are the relationship of image to material, the critical limits of aura, the spatiality of the archive, and the anxieties of the Anthropocene. Eschewing the familiar rubrics of kitsch, copy, and simulacrum, we turn instead to early modern and medieval precedents to scrutinize the tension between this semipermanent archive and a changing discipline.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Art History > Ancient and Medieval Art History
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Art History

UniBE Contributor:

Kersey, Kristopher William

Subjects:

700 Arts
900 History > 950 History of Asia

ISSN:

0004-3079

Publisher:

Routledge

Funders:

[18] European Research Council

Language:

English

Submitter:

Meekyung Ruth MacMurdie

Date Deposited:

04 Feb 2021 17:06

Last Modified:

07 Jun 2021 09:03

Publisher DOI:

10.1080/00043079.2020.1765639

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/148051

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/148051

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