Convened by: Jonathan Middleton
Participants: Walter Benjamin
Please join Publisher/Editor Jeff Khonsary at Or Bookstore for a launch and screening for Recent Writings, a book of new essays and interviews by Walter Benjamin, published by New Documents.
Walter Benjamin was an influential philosopher and art theoretician, best known for his 1936 essay The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction. In 1986 — many years after his tragic death — Walter Benjamin reappeared in public with the lecture “Mondrian ’63–’96″ organized by the Marxist Center in Ljubljana. In recent years, Mr. Benjamin has been an associate of the Museum of American Art in Berlin, giving interviews and publishing articles internationally.
Recent Writing collects nine essays by Walter Benjamin written between 1986 and 2013. Augmented with interviews and an extensive bibliography, these texts cover art, originality, museums, and art history, among other subjects.
In conjunction with the launch at the Or, we will screen Mondrian ’63–’96, a film of a lecture delivered by Walter Benjamin at the Marxist Center in Ljubljana in 1986. In this talk, Benjamin presents several works of the abstract artist ranging in date from 1963 to 1996.