Allan Antliff

Allan W. Antliff is an anarchist activist, art critic and author who has written extensively on the topics of anarchism and art in North America.[1][2]

Antliff holds the Canada Research Chair in Art History at the University of Victoria, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on modern and contemporary art. His research interests include dada, contemporary art, anarchist history and political theory, and his graduate seminars include "20th-Century Anarchism and Avant-Garde Art"; "New York Dada" and "American Modernism Between the Wars". In addition to teaching art history, Antliff co-edits the Alternative Press Review, serves as art editor for Anarchist Studies, edited the volume Only a Beginning: An Anarchist Anthology (1998) and has written two scholarly books; Anarchist Modernism: Art, Politics and the First American Avant-Garde (2001) and Art and Anarchy: From the Paris Commune to the Fall of the Berlin Wall (2007).[3][4]

Selected publications

  • Only a Beginning: An Anarchist Anthology. Arsenal Pulp Press (2004) ISBN 1-55152-167-9.
  • Anarchist Modernism: Art, Politics, and the First American Avant-Garde. University of Chicago Press (2001).
  • Anarchy and Art: From the Paris Commune to the Fall of the Berlin Wall. Arsenal Pulp Press (1998).
  • Anarchy in Art: Strategies of Dissidence, Anarchist Studies. 11 no. 1 (2003): 66-83.
  • Art/Politics/Subterfuge, Mix Magazine. 27 no. 4 (2002): 29-31.
  • "Egoist Cyborgs," The Uncanny: Experiments in Cyborg Culture, ed. Bruce Grenville, exh. cat. Vancouver Art Gallery (2002): 101-113.
  • "Cosmic Modernism: Elie Nadelman, Adolf Wolff, and the Materialist Aesthetics of John Weichsel," Archives of American Art Journal. 38 no. 3 (Winter, 2000): 20-29.
  • "Interpellating Modernity: Cubism and 'La Vie Unanime' in America," American Modernism Across the Arts, eds. Jay Bochner and Justin Edwards, Peter Lang Publishers, 1999.


  1. ^ "anarchism: left for dead amid the carnage". NOT BORED!. January 16, 2003. Retrieved 2008-12-02.
  2. ^ "Allan W. Antliff". Canada Research Chairs. Archived from the original on 2006-10-07. Retrieved 2008-12-02.
  3. ^ MacDonald, Murdo (2002). "Anarchist Modernism: Art, Politics, and the First American Avant-Garde". Journal of the Scottish Society for Art History. 7. Archived from the original on 2011-08-13. Retrieved 2008-12-02.
  4. ^ Roslak, Robyn (2002-03-22). "Allan Antliff. Anarchist Modernism: Art, Politics, and the First American Avant-Garde". Utopian Studies. Society for Utopian Studies. Retrieved 2008-12-02.

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Allan (name)

Allan is both a given name and a surname.

Alternative Press Review

Alternative Press Review (byline: "Your guide beyond the mainstream") is a libertarian American magazine established in 1993 as a sister periodical to Anarchy: A Journal of Desire Armed. The first issue was published in Fall 1993. As of 2002, its editorial collective consisted of Jason McQuinn (Anarchy), Chuck Munson ( and Thomas Wheeler (Out of Bounds). Munson was co-editor and reviewer from 1997 to 2003, when he was replaced by Allan Antliff. The magazine was first published by C.A.L. Press and then by AAL Press.According to its self-description, "The Alternative Press Review is your window on the world of independent media. APR publishes a wide variety of the best essays from radical zines, books, magazines, blogs and web sites. Plus, APR publishes a selection of short and lively article excerpts, along with reviews, commentary and columns on the alternative press scene and other alternative media." In practice the magazine has featured media criticism (e.g. "The Decline of American Journalism" by Daniel Brandt), coverage of resistance movements (e.g. "An Interview with Zapatista Women" by Guio Rovera Sancho), and cultural criticism (e.g. "Immediatism vs. Capitalism" by Hakim Bey, "Flyposter Frenzy" by Matthew Fuller, and "Dark Age: Why Johnny can't Dissent" by Tom Frank). The magazine's chief concerns, according to New Statesman are "sex, other media and the CIA". Contributors to the review have included McQuinn, Noam Chomsky, David Barsamian, Richard Heinberg and Harold Pinter.

Alternative Press Review was criticized by Kirsten Anderberg in a 2005 issue for the fact that its contributors were overwhelmingly male, a phenomenon that according by Wheeler is a result of low numbers of submissions from female writers. McQuinn responded to Anderberg by stating that the gender of writers and publishers within socially conscious alternative and radical media was "simply irrelevant".The review was described in 1994 by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as "[c]loser to the edge of the magazine world, and not quite as articulate as the Utne Reader" – the magazine's main rival and market leader. Ian Hargreaves, writing in the New Statesman in 1998, called the magazine "the real rivet-spitter on the block" of alternative media, while a 1999 OC Weekly feature hailed it as "the essential nutrient missing from one’s daily McMedia diet of misinformation and disinformation."

Anarchism and the arts

Anarchism has long had an association with the arts, particularly with visual art, music and literature.This can be dated back to the start of anarchism as a named political concept, and the writings of Pierre-Joseph Proudhon on the French realist painter Gustave Courbet. In an essay on Courbet of 1857 Proudhon had set out a principle for art, which he saw in the work of Courbet, that it should show the real lives of the working classes and the injustices working people face at the hands of the bourgeoisie.However, very quickly this was refuted by the French novelist Émile Zola who objected to Proudhon advocating freedom for all in the name of anarchism, but then placing stipulations on artists as to what they should depict in their works. This opened up a division in thinking on anarchist art which is still apparent today, with some anarchist writers and artists advocating a view that art should be propagandistic and used to further the anarchist cause, and others that anarchism should free the artist from the requirements to serve a patron and master and be free to pursue their own interests and agendas. In recent years the first of these approaches has been argued by writers such as Patricia Leighten and the second by Michael Paraskos.Significant writers on the relationship between art and anarchism include:

Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

Peter Kropotkin

Herbert Read

Alex Comfort

George Woodcock

David Goodway

Allan Antliff

Cindy MilsteinDespite this history of a close relationship between art and anarchism some anarchist writers, such as Peter Kropotkin and Herbert Read, have argued that in an anarchist society the role of the artist would disappear completely as all human activity would become, in itself, artistic. This is a view of art in society that sees creativity as intrinsic to all human activity, whereas the effect of bourgeois capitalism has been to strip human life of its creative aspects through industrial standardisation, the atomisation of production processes and the professionalisation of art through the education system.However, for some writers on art and anarchism artists would not disappear as they would continue to provide an anarchist society with a space in which to continue to imagine new ways of understanding and organising reality, as well as a space in which to face possible fears similar to Noël Carroll's theory of the function of horror stories and films in current society, 'Art-horror is the price we are willing to pay for the revelation of that which is impossible and unknown, of that which violates our conceptual schema.’

Anarchism in Russia

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Antliff is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Allan Antliff, American anarchist and writer

William Antliff (1848–1909), English cricketer

Arsenal Pulp Press

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Boris Yelensky

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Charles Wisner Barrell

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In his later life he became a prominent supporter of the Oxfordian theory of Shakespeare authorship, making significant contributions to the theory. His claims for the Ashbourne portrait were particularly influential.

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Gianluca Costantini

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Insurrectionary anarchism

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Lev Chernyi

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Man on a Balcony

Man on a Balcony (also known as Portrait of Dr. Théo Morinaud and 'L'Homme au balcon), is a large oil painting created in 1912 by the French artist, theorist and writer Albert Gleizes (1881–1953). The painting was exhibited in Paris at the Salon d'Automne of 1912 (no. 689). The Cubist contribution to the salon created a controversy in the French Parliament about the use of public funds to provide the venue for such 'barbaric art'. Gleizes was a founder of Cubism, and demonstrates the principles of the movement in this monumental painting (over six feet tall) with its projecting planes and fragmented lines. The large size of the painting reflects Gleizes's ambition to show it in the large annual salon exhibitions in Paris, where he was able with others of his entourage to bring Cubism to wider audiences.In February 1913, Gleizes and other artists introduced the new style of modern art known as Cubism to an American audience at the Armory Show in New York City, Chicago and Boston. In addition to Man on a balcony (no. 196), Gleizes exhibited his 1910 painting Femme aux Phlox (Museum of Fine Arts, Houston).Man on a Balcony was reproduced in L'Excelsior, Au Salon d'Automne, Les Indépendants, 2 October 1912. It was then reproduced in Les Peintres Cubistes, Méditations Esthétiques, a collection of essays by Guillaume Apollinaire published in 1913 The painting was completed around the same time as Albert Gleizes co-authored with Jean Metzinger a major treatise titled Du "Cubisme" (the first and only manifesto on Cubism). Man on a Balcony was purchased at the 1913 Armory show by the lawyer, author, art critic, private art collector, and American proponent of Cubism Arthur Jerome Eddy for $540. Gleizes' Man on a Balcony was the frontispiece of Arthur Jerome Eddy's book Cubists and Post-Impressionism, March 1914. The painting later formed part of the Louise and Walter Conrad Arensberg Collection, 1950. It is currently in the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Philosophical anarchism

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Revolutionary Anti-Racist Action

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The Old Market Autonomous Zone

The Old Market Autonomous Zone, or A-Zone, was founded in 1995, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada by local activists Paul Burrows and Sandra Drosdowech, who also co-founded Winnipeg's Mondragon Bookstore. Its name is derived from "Old Market Square," the historic Exchange District in Winnipeg's downtown core area, combined with Hakim Bey's notion of a "Temporary Autonomous Zone" (or TAZ). The Winnipeg A-Zone occupies a three-story building, originally built in 1899 and known as the "Imperial Dry Goods Building." Like many buildings in the area, it is classified as a heritage building by the City of Winnipeg. Since 1995, the building has been known locally as both the A-Zone, and sometimes the Emma Goldman Building.

Todd May

Todd Gifford May (born 1955 in New York City, New York) is a political philosopher who writes on topics of anarchism, poststructuralism, and post-structuralist anarchism. He is currently Class of 1941 Memorial Professor of Philosophy at Clemson University.

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