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Thomas Crow

Thomas Crow is Rosalie Solow Professor at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. His most recent books include No Idols: The Missing Theology of Art (2017) and Restoration: The Fall of Napoleon in the Course of European Art (2018). His newest book The Artist in the Counterculture from Bruce Conner to Mike Kelley (and Other Tales from the Edge) is forthcoming.

Non-anthropocentric extension into an abstract infinite sphere

The term “mysticism” leaves most art-world insiders cold for several obvious reasons. That category of experience is commonly taken to mean perception beyond the norm, thus a claim to higher sensory and cognitive powers.


The Brooklyn Rail

JUNE 2023

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