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The Question of Painting: Rethinking Thought with Merleau-Ponty

Andrews, Jorella G.. 2018. The Question of Painting: Rethinking Thought with Merleau-Ponty. London: Bloomsbury. ISBN 9781472574282 [Book]

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Since the latter half of the 20th century, committed art has been associated with conceptual, critical and activist practices. Painting, by contrast — despite its significance as a site for continued artistic experimentation — has all too often been dismissed as an outmoded, reactionary, market-led venture; an ineffectual medium from the perspective of social and political engagement. How can painting change the world today?

The question of painting, in particular, fuelled the investigations of a major 20th-century philosopher: the French phenomenologist, Maurice Merleau-Ponty (1908-61). Merleau-Ponty was at the forefront of attempts to place philosophy on a new footing by contravening the authority of Cartesian dualism and objectivist thought — an authority that continues to limit present-day intellectual, imaginative, ethical, and indeed scientific possibilities. Taking an approach that moves between the fields of philosophical and visual culture research, The Question of Painting provides a closely focused, chronological account of his unfolding project and its relationship with art, clarifying how painting, as a paradigmatically embodied and situated mode of investigation, helped him to access the fundamentally “intercorporeal” basis of reality as he saw it, and to articulate its lived implications — implications that have untapped relevance for the personal, ethical and political challenges facing us today.

With an exclusive and extended conversation about the contemporary virtues of painting with New York based artist Leah Durner, for whom the work of Merleau-Ponty is an important source of inspiration, The Question of Painting brings today’s much debated concerns about the socio-cultural and political potential of painting into contact with the question of painting in philosophy.

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Book

Keywords:

Merleau-Ponty, Painting, Philosophy, Phenomenology

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Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Visual Cultures

Date:

30 September 2018

Item ID:

13801

Date Deposited:

30 Sep 2015 10:48

Last Modified:

05 Jan 2019 22:57

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/13801

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