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The Visual World of French Theory By Sarah Wilson

The Visual World of French Theory
by Sarah Wilson

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Focuses on the series of encounters between the prominent French philosophers of the 1960s and 1970s, and the artists of their times. This book shows that it is through the philosophers - whose names are as familiar as the names of impressionist or cubist painters - that the figurative art of 1970s France can be introduced to the audience.
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The Visual World of French Theory Summary


The Visual World of French Theory: Figurations by Sarah Wilson

This revelatory book focuses on a remarkable series of encounters between the most prominent French philosophers of the 1960s and 1970s-Sartre, Deleuze, Bourdieu, and Foucault among them-and the artists of their times, most particularly the protagonists of the Narrative Figuration movement. Each encounter involved either a mutual engagement or the writing of critical texts or catalogue prefaces-texts that illuminate not only the work of the artists but also the production of the philosopher-writer concerned.

Although the protagonists of "French theory" are universally known and studied, their thought is presented without a sense of contiguity, chronology, or context in translation, while the artists with whom they engaged are virtually unknown outside the French-speaking world. This account restores the lived context of artistic production. What Bourdieu called "cultural competence" is seen to be essential for these particular philosophers, and Sarah Wilson shows that it is through them that the figurative art of 1970s France can be introduced to the audience it deserves.

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The Visual World of French Theory Reviews


"Wilson's study provides an opportunity to consider yet again the vexed relationship between word and image, this time within the heated and crackling context of French politics."-Tom Huhn, Art in America

-- Tom Huhn * Art in America *
"Highly recommended."-D.A. Siedell, Choice -- D.A. Siedell * Choice *
Shortlisted for the 2012 R.H. Gapper Book Prize awarded by the Society for French Studies (UK Award) -- R.H. Gapper Book Prize Shortlist * Society for French Studies *

About Sarah Wilson


Sarah Wilson is professor of modern art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London.

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GOR008822816
The Visual World of French Theory: Figurations by Sarah Wilson
Sarah Wilson
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Yale University Press
2010-07-09
240
0300162812
9780300162813
N/A
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