Item description for Cabinet 15: The Average Issue by Paul Fleming...
Coined by the Belgian statistician Adolphe Quetelet in 1835, the term "average man" evokes both contentment and anxiety. In some sense an inverted history of the genius, the story of the average has had a formative influence on modern aesthetics, politics, and philosophy. For the artist, to be mediocre is a greater fault than to have failed spectacularly. For the politician, the battle for the heart of the average Joe determines both message and mode of address. For the philosopher, the consideration of everyday life and the ordinary demands a redefinition of philosophy itself. Edited with Paul Fleming (German Department, New York University), this issue features Francis Galton's late 19th-century composite photographs of criminals; a compilation of political paeans to the common man; an interview with German scholar Jrgen Link on the reign of normalcy; the postwar search in the U.S. for the perfect Norm and Norma; actuarial tables, risk management, and the insurance industry; and Frances Richard on Diderot's analysis of hack painting. The issue also includes Matthew Klam on the color purple and art projects by Jason Salavon, Aleksandra Mir, Pedro Reyes and more.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.9" Width: 7.4" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Release Date Nov 2, 2004
ISBN 1932698116 ISBN13 9781932698114