Things would be much simpler if there existed a consistent means of evaluating art’s capacity to provide a concrete value for people. It’s a problem to which capital provides the most immediate solution—beyond the mundane routine of the art market, Brandeis University’s (ongoing) attempt to close their Rose Art Museum and liquidate its entire collection stands as a particularly unfortunate example of how a priceless collection of art, given the right circumstances (total financial meltdown), still finds its price. One is also reminded of the tragic decision by Middlesex University to close its renowned philosophy department in order to cut costs—in spite of the fact that the department’s meager staff of only six professors generate 5% of the large university’s research revenue, as Peter Osborne, head of the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy at Middlesex, has noted…

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The Good of Work
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Michael Jackson Died for No Reason (and the Vampire that is His Life)
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Art and Thingness, Part III: The Heart of the Thing is the Thing We Don’t Know
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Innovative Forms of Archives, Part Two: IRWIN’s East Art Map and Tamás St. Auby’s Portable Intelligence Increase Museum
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(Jena Revisited) Ten Tentative Tenets
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Art Without Artists?
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An Open Letter to Clifford Irving

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