In this encounter between one of the 20th century’s greatest minds and an artist fundamental to the development of modern art, French philosopher Michel Foucault explores Edouard Manet’s importance in the overthrow of traditional values in painting.
Originally delivered in Tunis in 1971 as part of a conference on Manet and here translated into English for the first time, this powerful critique takes the form of a commentary on 13 of Manet’s paintings. For the political-minded philosopher, the connection between visual art and power was clear: art is not an aesthetic pursuit, but a means to explore—and challenge—power dynamics. A precursor to Foucault’s later work on le regard, or the gaze, the text examines paintings like Un Bar aux Folies-Bergére, where Manet used the mirror to imply the multiple gaze of the waitress, the viewer, and the man at the bar, who may or may not be the artist himself. Foucault used Manet as a basis for a wider exploration of culture.
With a new introduction by leading French critic and Tate curator Nicolas Bourriaud and a note on the translation by Matthew Barr, this is a major contribution to the fields of both modern philosophy and art history.
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Michel Foucault (1926-1984) was an internationally renowned French historian and philosopher, associated with the structuralist and post-structuralist movements. His many books include The Order of Things, The History of Sexuality and Madness, and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason. Nicolas Bourriaud, a critical theorist, is Gulbenkian Curator of Contemporary Art at Tate Britain and co-founder of the Palais de Tokyo in Paris.
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Book Description Tate, 2010. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P111854378457
Book Description Tate Publishing, 2010. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX1854378457