According to Critic JoAnn Cannon, the key to Italo Calvino's renowned final novel, "Mr. Palomar" (1983), lies in several innovative literary ideas outlined in three essays written in the 1950s (and now included in the 1982 collection "Una pietra sopa"). These essays grappled with his contemporaries'
"I salute Antonin Artaud," wrote Andre Breton, "for his passionate, heroic negation of everything that causes us to be dead while alive." The French actor, director, poet, and theorist was an enraged man of arguable genius; nevertheless, his writings are seminal influences on experimental theater. Ar
Gaudi believed that the straight line belonged to man and the curved line to God. His work has been called "impassioned, savage, and poetical to the point of frenzy." The most prestigious figure in Catalan architecture, his stature is due to the originality and audacity of his technical solutions, hi
Video art -- that amorphous, ill-defined, ubiquitous beast of the art world -- is blessed with the presence of pioneer Bill Viola. He is one of the few contemporary Video artists who explores the medium both conceptually and sensually, rather than using it as a narrative document or film substitute.