The Assassination of Experience by Painting, Monory

The Assassination of Experience by Painting, Monory

Edited by Herman Parret
Afterword by Sarah Wilson

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 Americanization,” 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 1970s.

Herman Parret

Herman Parret is Professor Emeritus of Aesthetics and Philosophy of Language at the Institute of Philosophy, University of Leuven.


Contributions:

Jean-François Lyotard
Writings on Contemporary Art and Artists
Jean-François Lyotard



Que peindre?/What to Paint?
Adami, Arakawa, Buren
Jean-Francois Lyotard



Miscellaneous Texts
Aesthetics and Theory of Art
Jean-François Lyotard



Miscellaneous Texts
"Aesthetics and Theory of Art" and "Contemporary Artists"
Jean-François Lyotard



Miscellaneous Texts
Contemporary Artists
Jean-François Lyotard






Sam Francis, Lesson of Darkness
Jean-François Lyotard
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Que peindre?/What to Paint?
Adami, Arakawa, Buren
Jean-Francois Lyotard



Karel Appel, A Gesture of Colour
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The first volume in the new series Jean-François Lyotard: Writings on Contemporary Art and Artists is dedicated to the Dutch Abstract Expressionist painter, sculptor, and poet Karel Appel (1921–2006). Originally published in German, the book's...