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Saul Anton

Adjunct Associate Professor - CCE


Saul Anton is the author of Lee Friedlander: The Little Screens (2015), and the experimental critical fiction Warhol’s Dream (2007). His articles and essays about contemporary art and culture have appeared in Artforum, frieze, Bookforum, Afterall, Bomb, and many other publications. He has also published articles about Diderot, Kant, Winckelmann, Voltaire, Baudelaire, Barthes, Agamben, Nancy, and others.

His research interests include Literature and the Arts; Continental Philosophy; the European Enlightenment; Cinema and Media Studies; and Translation.

Saul is currently working on two related book projects. The first is a “translation novel” based on a well known work of fiction he does not yet want to name. The second, The Other Absolute: Sovereignty and the Poetics of Ruins, traces the evolution and transformation of absolutism in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Europe from a predominantly political ideal into a literary, philosophical, and artistic one.


Editor, Roxy Paine: Dioramas (Skira, 2021)

Lee Friedlander: The Little Screens (Afterall/MIT Press, 2015)

Warhol’s Dream (JRP Ringier/Les presses du réel, 2007). With a critical introduction by Pamela Lee.

Selected Essays, Articles, Fiction and Reviews

“The Parallax View: The Space of Memory in Roxy Paine’s Dioramas,” in Roxy Paine: Dioramas (forthcoming Skira, 2021)

Thinking Out of Sight: Writings on the Arts of the Visible, by Jacques Derrida, CAA Reviews, April 22, 2021

“The Slant of Being: The Art of Charlotte Gyllenhammar,” in Charlotte Gyllenhammar: kastad/cast (Lund: Skissernas Museum, 2021)

“Giving Space, Sculpting Time: The Art of Guillaume Leblon,” Textwork (2019)

“Belated Cosmopolitanism: “Tabula Rasa’ at the Kunsthalle Tbilisi.” Catalog essay in Gabriela von Habsburg: 20 Years in Georgia (2019)

“One Sentence for Sol Lewitt,” in I stand in my place with my own day here: Site-Specific Art at The New School, Edited by Frances Richard (The New School/Duke University Press, 2019).

“The Whole is the False: Hito Steyerl’s Duty Free Art,” Artforum (Mar. 2018)

“Is Stephen Shore the Most Influential Photographer of the 20th Century?,” Garage, November, 2017

“The Story of L.” A fiction accompanying Innocence II, a photographic portfolio by Roe Ethridge, Gagosian Magazine, (Fall, 2017)

“The World Goes On: László Krasnahorkai,” 4 Columns (Nov. 2017)

“Anicka Yi: Ants, Mold, Sweat,” 4 Columns (Mar. 2017)

“Walid Raad at the Museum of Modern Art,” frieze 176, (Jan.-Feb. 2016)

“Process and Politics: On the Whitney Biennial 2014,” Afterall 36 (Summer 2014)

“Style and History in Diderot and Winckelmann,” in Style in Theory: Between Philosophy and Literature (Continuum Press, 2012)

“Bin Laden’s Death Mask: On Photography and Biopolitics,” Fillip 15 (Fall 2011)

“Propositions and Publications: On Dexter Sinister,” Afterall 27 (Summer 2011)

“Out of Sight: The Legacy of Guy Debord,” frieze 136 (Jan. 2011)

“Kant in Stereo,” Critical Introduction to Jean-Luc Nancy, The Discourse of the Syncope: Logodaedalus (Stanford University Press, 2008)

“One More Step: Francis Alÿs” in Parkett 69 (2003)


Jean-Luc Nancy, The Discourse of the Syncope: Logodaedalus (Stanford University Press, 2008)

Ph.D. Princeton University