Liza Batkin is on the editorial staff of The New York Review.

NYR DAILY

Art That Won’t Stop Talking

Cate Blanchett in Julian Rosefeldt's Manifesto, 2015

Julian Rosefeldt’s installation Manifesto features different characters, each one played by the virtuosic, versatile Cate Blanchett, reciting what Rosefeldt calls “text collages,” which are woven together from different artists’ manifestos under the heading of an artistic movement—Conceptual Art/Minimalism, for instance, or Situationism. The seams between the texts are hard to detect, and the seamlessness suggests something not only about the ways in which ideas and themes reverberate and cycle throughout history, but also about the artifice of historical periodization.