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The Truth in Painting [Paperback]

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1 July 1987
"The four essays in this volume constitute Derrida's most explicit and sustained reflection on the art work as pictorial artifact, a reflection partly by way of philosophical aesthetics (Kant, Heidegger), partly by way of a commentary on art works and art scholarship (Van Gogh, Adami, Titus-Carmel). The illustrations are excellent, and the translators, who clearly see their work as both a rendering and a transformation, add yet another dimension to this richly layered composition. Indispensable to collections emphasizing art criticism and aesthetics."—Alexander Gelley, Library Journal

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  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press; 2nd edition (1 July 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226143244
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226143248
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 333,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Difficult, but rewarding. 17 Aug 2007
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This is Derrida's most sustained work on aesthetics. Its trajectory is to explore the margins of the work of art as a seperate, unique totality. To do this, Derrida investigates how we talk about art, especially in the writings of Kant, whose discussions of the relationship between the 'work' and its 'parergon' form the heart of Derrida's text.
This is an important and rewarding book, but, be warned! It is one of the most demanding of Derrida's texts currently available in English, and it is absolutely not the best place to begin exploring the thought of this great, but challenging, thinker.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting book 15 Mar 2007
By Cezar Tadeu Bartholomeu - Published on Amazon.com
Derrida has a very complicated way of writing : it is not easy avoiding metaphors, the verb to be, the 'I'. Especially when the subject is art, beacause it is exactly the realm of the aesthetic, the subjective, the presence. This, I think, is one of his most difficult texts.

This book sets to investigate the multiple questions that develop in the presence of Cezanne's proposal : Cezanne's aim is to tell the truth in painting. Who is capable of exposing it, is it Shapiro's art history or heidegger's philosophy?

What is the relation between truth and beauty, language and image, philosophy and art? Derrida investigates those in two large chapters called 'Parergon' and 'Van Gogh boots'.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely Deconstruction 23 Oct 2010
By Denise - Published on Amazon.com
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The introduction was the most difficult chapter. After that, it actually starts to make some sense.
5.0 out of 5 stars good 21 April 2014
By Carolyn Shapiro - Published on Amazon.com
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the book met my expectations and has proven to be a good teaching text as well. I would recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for deconstruction aesthetics 12 May 2007
By Kirsten Iverson - Published on Amazon.com
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A reading of Adami's reading of Derrida's Glas. Fantastic book. Recommended to those who want a new view of painting, art, and history in general.
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