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    DescriptionThis book focuses on the remarkable series of encounters between the most prominent French philosophers of the 1960s and 1970s - Jean-Paul Sartre, Louis Althusser, Pierre Bourdieu, Gilles Deleuze, Michel Foucault, Felix Guattari, Jean-Francois Lyotard, Jacques Derrida - and the artists of their times, most particularly the protagonists of the Narrative Figuration movement - Bernard Rancillac, Lucio Fanti, Gerard Fromanger, Jacques Monory, Valerio Adami. Each of these encounters involved either a mutual engagement or the writing of critical texts or catalogue prefaces, and the texts that lie at the heart of each chapter illuminate not only the work of the artists but also the production of the philosopher - writer concerned. While the protagonists of 'French theory' are universally known and studied across all humanities disciplines, their thought is presented without a sense of contiguity, chronology or context in translation, while the artists with whom they engaged are relatively unknown outside the French-speaking world. This account restores the lived context of artistic production, where political engagement on the Left was a driving factor. What Bourdieu called 'cultural competence' is seen to be essential for these particular philosophers in the wake of Jean-Paul Sartre's writings on art from the 1940s to the 1970s. In this revelatory book, Sarah Wilson shows that it is via the philosophers - whose names are as familiar to an international public as the names of impressionist or cubist painters - that the figurative art of 1970s France can be introduced to the audience it deserves.

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    The Visual World of French Theory
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Sarah Wilson
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 240
    Width: 192 mm
    Height: 256 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 1,125 g
    ISBN 13: 9780300162813
    ISBN 10: 0300162812

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.1
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    Illustrations note
    30 colour images + 80 black-&-white illustrations
    Yale University Press
    Imprint name
    Yale University Press
    Publication date
    19 October 2010
    Publication City/Country
    New Haven
    Author Information
    Sarah Wilson is Professor of Modern Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London
    Review quote
    Shortlisted for the 2012 R.H.(UK Award)--R.H. Gapper Book Prize Shortlist"Society for French Studies" (02/21/2012)