17 March 2013

Thomas McEvilley,  July 13, 1939-March 2, 2013

Thomas McEvilley

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Thomas McEvilley died on March 2, and his passing suggests a declarative coda to the aesthetic issues of the 1980s and 1990s--which McEvilley criticized as much as championed.  AICA-USA member Raphael Rubinstein's appreciation of McEvilley wide-ranging talents, posted on The Silo, begins:

"Like so many other great art critics before him (and, let’s hope, like more to follow), Tom McEvilley, who died March 2, 2013, stumbled into art criticism from other intellectual territory.  In his case, it wasn’t poetry in the Baudelaire-Apollinaire-O’Hara line, or philosophy like Arthur Danto, but classical philology.  One of the many admirable qualities of Tom’s criticism was the fact that he rarely, if ever, reminded his readers of his considerable classical training.  Indeed, I suspect that most of them had no idea of his academic background until, during the last decade of his life, he again took up his early passions in The Shape of Ancient Thought (a book arguing for the influence of Eastern—Indian, Persian—thought on Greek religion and philosophy, and hence on the entire development of Western culture) and translations of Greek poetry. Like that other renegade philologist Friedrich Nietzsche, Tom loved challenging his society’s most fundamental assumptions." 

Read the rest of Rubinstein's article at The Silo

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