Confronting Images

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


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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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  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 137.16 x 215.9 x 20.32mm | 430.91g
  • Pennsylvania State University Press
  • University Park, United States
  • English
  • 0271024720
  • 9780271024721
  • 229,520

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I cannot think of any more important book in the recent history of art. Confronting Images is just what the English-speaking art-historical community needs to help it out of the impasse of debates around cultural studies and visual literacy. James Elkins, School of the Art Institute of Chicago"

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About Georges Didi-Huberman

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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