Pierre Klossowski

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Hatje Cantz, 2006 - Art - 176 pages
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Pierre Klossowski (1905-2001) was a significant and influential philosopher, writer, translator and artist who befriended Georges Bataille and formulated an original stance on many theological issues, as well as the philosophy of the Marquis de Sade. His first novel, "Roberte, ce soir, " appeared in 1954 as a limited edition containing six of his own erotic illustrations, after he rejected drawings by his younger brother, the painter Balthus. Following the encouragement of Robert Lebel, Andre Masson and Alberto Giacometti, Klossowski held his first exhibition in Paris in 1956, and subsequently produced numerous life-size drawings of erotic scenes imbued with mythological, allegorical and philosophical connotations. By the 1970s, he had won the acclaim of such eminent thinkers as Maurice Blanchot, Michel Butor, Gilles Deleuze, Michel Foucault and Felix Guattari. Of Klossowski, Gilles Deleuze once said, "That bodies speak has been known for a long time."

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Pierre Klossowski, writer and philosopher, was born in Paris on August 5, 1905. His writings span a wide range of topics, from Doctors of the Church to the Marquis de Sade. His last novel, The Baphomet, received the Prix des Critique in France (1965).

Sarah Wilson was born in London in 1956 and studied at Oxford University, Oxford and the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. At the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, and the Barbican Art Gallery, London, she was involved with major retrospectives concerned with postwar France: '"Paris-Paris, Creations en France 1937-1957', "1981, and "'Aftermath: France 1945-1954', "1982. Subsequently appointed lecturer in twentieth-century art history at the Courtauld Institute, she has helped to mount major exhibitions of the work of Raoul Dufy, Fernand Leger and the surrealists. She has published recently on Francis Picabia, Hans Richter, Max Ernst, and has completed a doctoral thesis on art and politics in France, c. 1935-1955. Post-1945 French art remains her prime specialization.

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