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By Kuhnel W., Lutz F. H.

A triangulation of a manifold (or pseudomanifold) is named a good triangulation if any simplexwise linear embedding into any Euclidean house is tight. Tightness of an embedding implies that the inclusion of any sublevel chosen by means of a linear useful is injective in homology and, consequently, topologically crucial. Tightness is a generalization of convexity, and the tightness of a triangulation is a reasonably restrictive estate. We provide a evaluate on all recognized examples of tight triangulations and formulate a (computer-aided) enumeration theorem for the case of at such a lot 15 vertices and the presence of a vertex-transitive automorphism crew. Altogether, six new examples of tight triangulations are provided, a vertex-transitive triangulation of the easily attached homogeneous 5-manifold SU(3)/SO(3) with vertex-transitive motion, non-symmetric 12-vertex triangulations of , and non-symmetric triangulations of on thirteen vertices.

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Like skeletal figures in the Australian aboriginal bark painting described by Robert Edward (X-ray paintings, in which the artist depicts external features as well as the internal organs of animals, humans, and spirits in order to emphasize “that there is more to a living thing than external appearances”), these figures have been worked down to the bone. To do justice 31 32 outlaw culture to this work, then, our gaze must do more than reflect surface appearances. Daring us to probe the heart of darkness, to move our eyes beyond the colonizing gaze, the paintings ask that we hold in our memory the bones of the dead while we consider the world of the black immediate, the familiar.

Turle emphasizes that while the bones are “intense focus points to prime minds into a deeper altars of sacrifice receptive state,” this communicative power is lost on those who are unable to hear bones speak. Even though socially Basquiat did not “diss” those white folks who could not move beyond surface appearances (stereotypes of entertaining darkies, pet Negroes and the like), in his work he serves notice on that liberal white public. Calling out their inability to let the notion of racial superiority go, even though it limits and restricts their vision, he mockingly deconstructs their investment in traditions and canons, exposing a collective gaze that is wedded to an aesthetic of white supremacy.

Calling for a process of decolonization that is certainly not happening (judging from the growing mass of negative responses to the show), Braithwaite articulates the only possible cultural shift in perspective that can lay the groundwork for a comprehensive critical appreciation of Basquiat’s work. The work by Basquiat that haunts my imagination, that lingers in my memory, is “Riding with Death” (1988). Evoking images of possession, of riding and being ridden in the Haitian voudoun sense—as a process of exorcism, one that makes revelation, renewal and transformation possible—I feel the subversion of the sense of dread provoked by so much of Basquiat’s work.

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