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The Crossing of the Visible (Cultural Memory in the Present)

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Painting, according to Jean-Luc Marion, is a central topic of concern for philosophy, particularly phenomenology. For the question of painting is, at its heart, a question of visibility—of appearance. As such, the painting is a privileged case of the phenomenon; the painting becomes an index for investigating the conditions of appearance—or what Marion describes as “phenomenality” in general.

In The Crossing of the Visible, Marion takes up just such a project. The natural outgrowth of his earlier reflections on icons, these four studies carefully consider the history of painting—from classical to contemporary—as a fund for phenomenological reflection on the conditions of (in)visibility. Ranging across artists from Raphael to Rothko, Caravaggio to Pollock, The Crossing of the Visible offers both a critique of contemporary accounts of the visual and a constructive alternative. According to Marion, the proper response to the “nihilism” of postmodernity is not iconoclasm, but rather a radically iconic account of the visual and the arts that opens them to the invisible.

Book News Annotation:

Growing out of his earlier reflections on icons, Marion (philosophy, U. of Paris-Sorbonne) reworks four previously published essays exploring phenomenological analysis and implications of paintings. No index is provided. Croisee du visible was published in 1996 by Presses Universitaire de France.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Ranging across artists from Raphael to Rothko, Caravaggio to Pollock, The Crossing of the Visible offers both a critique of contemporary accounts of the visual and a constructive alternative. According to Marion, the proper response to the 'nihilism' of postmodernity is not iconoclasm, but rather a radically iconic account of the visual and the arts which opens them to the invisible.

About the Author

Jean-Luc Marion is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris, Sorbonne. He has also taught and lectured for more than fifteen years at various universities in the United States, notably at the University of Chicago. Among his books published in English translation are Being Given (Stanford, 2002), God Without Being, and Reduction and Givenness: Investigations of Husserl, Heidegger, and Phenomenology.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780804733922
Translator:
Smith, James K. a.
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Translator:
Smith, James K. A.
Translator:
Smith, James
Author:
Smith, James
Author:
Marion, Jean-Luc
Location:
Stanford, Calif.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Painting
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Visual perception
Subject:
Phenomenology
Subject:
Perspective
Subject:
Techniques - Painting
Subject:
Art-Painting General
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Cultural Memory in the Present
Series Volume:
no. 3-62.
Publication Date:
20031231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
120
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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Ranging across artists from Raphael to Rothko, Caravaggio to Pollock, The Crossing of the Visible offers both a critique of contemporary accounts of the visual and a constructive alternative. According to Marion, the proper response to the 'nihilism' of postmodernity is not iconoclasm, but rather a radically iconic account of the visual and the arts which opens them to the invisible.
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