Que peindre?: Adami, Arakawa, Buren

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Universitaire Pers Leuven, 2012 - Art - 512 pages

Seven writings assembled in the context of the philosophy of art that Jean-François Lyotard developed in the 1980s, at the time of the Differend (1983) and of the "Kantian turn" leading to the Lessons on the Analytic of the Sublime (1992), are here published for the first time in English translation. The texts focus on three artists with widely divergent aesthetic orientations: the colorist-draftsman Valerio Adami, the conceptual metaphysician Shusaku Arakawa, and Daniel Buren, the "pragmatist of the invisible."

These three protagonists share the notion that the interest in art does not lie in the simple denotation of a frame of reference, but in the connotations of material nuances, in flavors, in tones?in one word, the visual, that is barely revealed in the anamnesis that guides the visible and provokes the essential inquietude of the aesthetic experience. What to Paint? Not reality or a "world," nor a rich subjectivity, nor even the phantasms of dreams or ideals of being-together, but the act of painting itself, and, beyond the performance of the painter, the presence of matters, a presence that in Arakawa's word is quite obviously blank, elusive.

 

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Contents

8 Préface
8
Illustrations
46
Illustrations 727
82
98 Que peindre ? Adami Arakawa Buren
98
What to Paint?Adami Arakawa Buren
99
La présence
100
Presence
101
Laligne
182
Frankness
213
Lanamnèse
236
Anamnesis
237
Le point
256
The Point
257
The Exposure
345
Lectures Readings
378
supplement ii
409

TheLine
183
La franchise
212
Epilogue
449
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

The philosopher and literary theorist Jean-François Lyotard (1924-1998) was Woodruff Professor of Philosophy and French at Emory University.

Herman Parret is Professor Emeritus of Aesthetics and Philosophy of Language at the Institute of Philosophy, University of Leuven.