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The Truth in Painting Paperback – July 15, 1987

ISBN-13: 978-0226143248 ISBN-10: 0226143244 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 402 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; 1 edition (July 15, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226143244
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226143248
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The four essays in this volume constitute Derrida's most explicit and sustained reflection on the art work as pictorial artifact, a reflection partly by way of philosophical aesthetics (Kant, Heidegger), partly by way of a commentary on art works and art scholarship (Van Gogh, Adami, Titus-Carmel). The illustrations are excellent, and the translators, who clearly see their work as both a rendering and a transformation, add yet another dimension to this richly layered composition. Indispensable to collections emphasizing art criticism and aesthetics. Alexander Gelley, English & Comparative Literature Dept., Univ. of California, Irvine
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Text: English, French (translation)

More About the Author

Jacques Derrida (1930-2004), was born in Algeria, has been called the most famous philosopher of our time. He was the author of a number of books, including Writing and Difference, which came to be seen as defining texts of postmodernist thought.

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Cezar Tadeu Bartholomeu on March 15, 2007
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Derrida has a very complicated way of writing : it is not easy avoiding metaphors, the verb to be, the 'I'. Especially when the subject is art, beacause it is exactly the realm of the aesthetic, the subjective, the presence. This, I think, is one of his most difficult texts.

This book sets to investigate the multiple questions that develop in the presence of Cezanne's proposal : Cezanne's aim is to tell the truth in painting. Who is capable of exposing it, is it Shapiro's art history or heidegger's philosophy?

What is the relation between truth and beauty, language and image, philosophy and art? Derrida investigates those in two large chapters called 'Parergon' and 'Van Gogh boots'.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Denise on October 23, 2010
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The introduction was the most difficult chapter. After that, it actually starts to make some sense.
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By Carolyn Shapiro on April 21, 2014
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the book met my expectations and has proven to be a good teaching text as well. I would recommend it.
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4 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kirsten Iverson on May 12, 2007
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A reading of Adami's reading of Derrida's Glas. Fantastic book. Recommended to those who want a new view of painting, art, and history in general.
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