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By Laurie Schneider Adams

ISBN-10: 1780745427

ISBN-13: 9781780745428

Munch’s The Scream. Van Gogh’s Starry evening. Rodin’s The philosopher. Monet’s Water Lilies. Constable’s landscapes. The nineteenth century gave us a wealth of inventive riches so memorable of their genius that we will be able to photo lots of them instantly. on the time, despite the fact that, their avant-garde nature was once the reason for a lot controversy. Professor Laurie Schneider Adams vividly brings to lifestyles the work, sculpture, images and structure, of the interval along with her infectious enthusiasm for artwork and targeted explorations of person works. provided interesting biographical info and the proper social, political, and cultural context, the reader is left with a deep appreciation for the works and an realizing of ways innovative they have been on the time, in addition to the explanations for his or her enduring attraction.

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François Morellet 1: Art and nature: it was Pierre Reverdy who, long before Clément Rosset, spoke of the crucial distinction – and porous relationship – between nature, the given, the already presented, and art, which he deemed, precisely, an antinature: a transmuted, transfigured state of the given, its humanised mode allowing for a reversal of the “domination” of a potentially alienating world, and a reappropriation thereof offering ontological “consubstantiation”, a reharmonisation of self and world via the process – rather, even, than the product – of art.

We have seen Louise Bourgeois maintain that her art is a gesture allowing survival, a fundamental existing, where, presumably, some collapse into madness and relative non-being might otherwise have occurred. This, of course, constitutes a significant accomplishment operated on body and mind. And yet she herself can also invite us to see its utter relativity, even a certain failure haunting it: “I bet, she tells Marie-Laure Bernadac, on art rather than on life” (LBF, 158). Art, as for Pierre Reverdy, a bouche-abîme, a pis-aller, a loose plugging of holes, those in the body-mind of self.

The 1978 Banquet, a Fashion Show of Body Parts, perhaps seemed capable of catapulting the self out of such intensities, but the laughter released remains admittedly aggressive, its intention to “ridicule” (cf. TT, 180) remaining far from that distanced yet compassionate, even empathetic logic of the smile that a Stendhal saw and lived in counter-distinction to the hostility at the heart of le rire. At best, art’s dance of violence and counter-violence allows for an “analysis of daily fears” and some provisional exorcism thereof – for they are quotidian, ever selfrenewing, mutating.

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