Jean-François Lyotard: Miscellaneous Texts, I-II: Aesthetics and Theory of Art & Contemporary Artists (2012) [EN/FR]

24 March 2014, dusan

“The first volume, which is itself the fourth of six in the series devoted to Lyotard’s writings on contemporary art and artists published by Leuven University Press, presents nine essays on general aesthetics and the theory of art. Most of these texts, preserved in the Lyotard archives of the Bibliothèque Littéraire Jacques Doucet in Paris, are published here for the first time. They do not reveal ‘another Lyotard’ than the one whom we know through his major writings. Nevertheless, they cover the whole period of his production, from 1969 to 1997; and they make the development of his philosophy of art explicit. After the ‘libidinal’ conception of art in his early writings, the ‘Kantian twist’ of around 1980 places his view on art under the aegis of the sublime.

The second volume brings together thirty-nine essays by Lyotard that deal with twenty-seven artists: Luciano Berio, Richard Lindner, René Guiffrey, Gianfranco Baruchello, Henri Maccheroni, Riwan Tromeur, Albert Ayme, Manuel Casimiro, Ruth Francken, Barnett Newman, Jean-Luc Parant, François Lapouge, Sam Francis, André Dubreuil, Joseph Kosuth, Sarah Flohr, Lino Centi, Gigliola Fazzini, Bracha Lichtenberg Ettinger, Henri Martin, Michel Bouvet, Corinne Filippi, Stig Brøgger, François Rouan, Pierre Skira, and Béatrice Casadesus. Some of these texts were originally written as contributions to catalogues, others were published in now-inaccessible journals.”

Textes dispersés I: esthétique et théorie de l’art; II: artistes contemporains
Edited by Herman Parret
With epilogues by Jean-Michael Durafour (I) and Dolorès Lyotard (II)
Translated by Vlad Ionescu, Erica Harris and Peter W. Milne
Publisher Leuven University Press, 2012
Jean-François Lyotard: Writings on Contemporary Art and Artists series, 4/I+II
ISBN 9789058677914 & 9789058678867
264 and 720 pages

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Volume I (watermarked)
Volume II (watermarked)


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