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Documenting The Life of Pablo

My latest column at PopMatters has posted. It’s about Kanye West’s new album, The Life of Pablo, and its evolving nature. I was reading a recent essay by the philosopher Boris Groys concerning contemporary art and the internet, and something clicked. West’s constant revising of his album has been treated like a novelty, so I wanted to dig a little deeper into what’s going on.

You can read Groys’ essay, “The Truth of Art,” at the art journal e-flux here. My thanks to Matt Mitchem, my CCAD colleague, for hipping me to it. I’ve been reading a lot of Groys lately for my book of music criticism; one of the challenges for that book, and this PM column, is to think through what he’s saying about visual art in regards to music.

I regret I didn’t write more about The Life of Pablo‘s actual tracks, but it just wasn’t in the cards given my subject. Maybe in an expanded version, or here on my site.

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