Karel Appel, A Gesture of Colour/ Karel Appel, Un geste de couleur

Jean-François Lyotard (Author), Herman Parret (Editor), Vlad Ionescu (Translator), Peter W. Milne (Translator), Christine Buci-Glucksmann (),

Series: J.F. Lyotard Writings on Contemporary Art and Artists 1

Category: Art, Philosophy

Language: English

ISBN: 9789058677563

Publication date: September 16, 2009

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Number of pages: 272

Size: 230 x 160 x 30 mm

Stock item: 56651

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Epilogue by Christine Buci-Glucksmann

Karel Appel. A Gesture of Colour is the first of a series of six volumes, bringing together the most important writings of Jean-François Lyotard (1924 – 1998) on contemporary art and artists. The book he devoted to the art of Karel Appel (1921 – 2006) is doubtlessly one of the most complete and inspired texts of all the writings included in the series. Neither the original French manuscript nor the English translation have ever been published, and their presentation face to face should constitute a considerable plus.

In this book, Lyotard presents Karel Appel’s “matterism” as an offer of presence, presence deferred – it is the visual where every predicate is suspended, the visual touched, “gesture” of colour more than property of colour, appearance at the edge of the abyss. Christine Buci-Glucksmann’s epilogue indicates the position of Karel Appel. A Gesture of Colour within the whole of Lyotard’s writings on art, considering equally the philosopher’s subsequent work.

Winner of the Plantin Moretus Prize 2010 for the best designed book in the category textbooks and academic publications

Photo Credits: Van Looveren & Princen

Herman Parret:

6 Préface /

15 Preface

Jean-François Lyotard:

22 Karel Appel. Un geste de couleur /

23 Karel Appel. A Gesture of Colour

Christine Buci-Glucksmann:

224 Postface /

237 Epilogue

250 Illustrations

Jean-François Lyotard

Herman Parret

Herman Parret is Emeritus Professor of Aesthetics and Philosophy of Language at the Institute of Philosophy, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. Hoger Instituut van Wijsbegeerte, KU Leuven

Karel Appel: Un geste de couleur is the premier edition in a five volume series devoted to writings on contemporary artists by Jean-François Lyotard. This is the first French/English translation of the manuscript since originally being published in German in 1998, the year of Lyotard‟s death. The book is a sturdy, hard bound, bilingual edition with twenty-five small color plates at its close which are cited throughout the text.
The overall structure of Un geste de couleur is linear with each chapter narrating a step in the process of Lyotard‟s engagement with Appel‟s work. Graduate and undergraduate students familiar with either philosophy or art theory will recognize some of the terminology and concepts discussed however specialization is not a prerequisite. Lyotard contextualizes his ideas such as "before-shock" and "immateriality" within the body of the text resulting in a less formal tone when compared to his other writings. For an excellent summary of the book there is Christine Buci-Glucksman‟s epilogue. She encapsulates Lyotard‟s thought for those who struggle, but situates Un geste within a greater lineage of aesthetic discourse.
Matthew Mann, Library Associate/Exhibition Coordinator, Arts + Humanities Division, Art Libraries Society of North America, 2010

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