L’ Assassinat de l’expérience par la peinture, Monory / The Assassination of Experience by Painting, Monory

Jean-François Lyotard (Author), Herman Parret (Editor), Rachel Bowlby (Translator), Jeanne Bouniort (Translator), Peter W. Milne (Translator), Sarah Wilson (),

Series: J.F. Lyotard Writings on Contemporary Art and Artists 6

Category: Art, Philosophy

Language: English

ISBN: 9789058678812

Publication date: September 18, 2013

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Number of pages: 288

Size: 230 x 160 x 20 mm

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Final volume in the series ‘Jean-François Lyotard: Ecrits sur l’art contemporain et les artistes / Writings on Contemporary Art and Artists’!

Lyotard met Jacques Monory in 1972, and the text on him published at that time was the first that Lyotard dedicated to contemporary art since Discourse, Figure. Lyotard’s interest in the plastic arts thus fits fully within the setting of his political preoccupations. The artist-protagonist stages the recurring motifs that fascinate Lyotard: the scene of the crime, the revolver, the woman, the victim, glaciers, deserts, stars. The atmosphere of the essays on Monory is “Californian”. Monory’s imaginary repertoire goes well beyond the masters of modernity and is in line rather with a “modern contemporary surrealism”. Both Lyotard and Monory live the “dilemma of Americanisation”, the America represented by cinema, fashion, novels, music. It is in this atmosphere that Lyotard and Monory will finally evoke their supreme experience of difference: desire and fear, exultation and a profound malaise. The plastic universe of Monory and the aesthetic meditations of Lyotard are in perfect symbiosis. Sarah Wilson’s epilogue thoroughly outlines both the history of a friendship, and at the same time the intellectual and artistic climate of the nineteen-seventies.

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Herman Parret:
Préface /

Jean-François Lyotard:
L’assassinat de l’expérience par la peinture, Monory
The Assassination of Experience by Painting, Monory


Économie libidinale du dandy
Libidinal Economy of the Dandy

L’invasion / The invasion
Le bleu / Blue
Le catalogue / The catalogue
Le dispositif / The set-up
Le dandysme / Dandyism
Deux morts / Two dead
La libido du travail et capital /
The libido of work and capital
La libido de peindre / The libido of painting
Économie de la peinture dandy /
Economy of dandy painting

Esthétique sublime du tueur à gages
Sublime Aesthetic of the Contract Killer
Le mélancolique / The melancholic
Le tueur à gages / The contract killer
L’appointé / The appointed one
L’apathique / The apathetic
L’instantané / The instantaneous
Le réaliste / The realist
Le positif / The positive
Le sublime immanent, ou l’expérimental /
The immanent sublime, or the experimental

Sarah Wilson:
Postface /


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

Grâce à l'excellent appareil critique de cette nouvelle édition, qui ajoute une préface à une édition bilingue parue à Londres en 1998, elle-même reprenant l'édition des deux textes précédés d'une préface rédigée en 1981 par Jean-François Lyotard lui-même, le lecteur peut aisément s'imprégner de la pensée du philosophe et méditer sur ses conclusions, toujours pertinentes.
Vanessa Morisset, « Jean-François Lyotard, L'Assassinat de l'expérience par la peinture : Monory », Critique d'art [En ligne], URL : http://critiquedart.revues.org/13441

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