Confronting Images: Questioning the Ends of a Certain History of Art

Confronting Images: Questioning the Ends of a Certain History of Art

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By (author) Georges Didi-Huberman

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  • Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 216mm x 20mm | 431g
  • Publication date: 30 November 2009
  • Publication City/Country: University Park
  • ISBN 10: 0271024720
  • ISBN 13: 9780271024721
  • Sales rank: 180,180

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When the French edition of "Confronting Images" appeared in 1990, it won immediate acclaim because of its far-reaching arguments about the structure of images and the histories ascribed to them by scholars and critics working in the tradition of Vasari and Panofsky. According to Didi-Huberman, visual representation has an 'underside' in which seemingly intelligible forms lose their clarity and defy rational understanding. Art historians, he goes on to contend, have failed to engage this underside, where images harbor limits and contradictions, because their discipline is based upon the assumption that visual representation is made up of legible signs and lends itself to rational scholarly cognition.

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Georges Didi-Huberman is on the faculty of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. He is the 2009 recipient of the Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing on Art from the College Art Association.

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"Art history, Didi-Huberman argues, has had to 'kill' the symptomatic image, deny its violence and its 'dissembling,' in order to preserve its true object, art. Confronting Images is arguably the most important book-length analysis of the conceptual foundations of the discipline, and critique of the discipline, in any language." -- Christopher Wood