Barnett Newman and Heideggerian Philosophy by Claude Cernuschi

By Claude Cernuschi

As a big member of the hot York institution, Barnett Newman is widely known for his radical explorations of colour and scale and, as a precursor to the Minimalist stream, for his major contribution to the advance of twentieth-century American artwork. but when his acceptance and position in historical past have grown a growing number of safe, the paintings he produced continues to be hugely proof against interpretation. His work are conscientiously summary, and his writings choked with references to arcane metaphysical strategies. annoyed over their lack of ability to reconcile the works with what the artist stated approximately them, a few critics have disregarded the work as impenetrable. The artwork historian Yve-Alain Bois known as Newman “the such a lot tough artist” he might identify, and the thinker Jean-François Lyotard declared that “there is sort of not anything to ‘consume’ [in his work], or if there's, i don't recognize what it is.” In order to enhance interpretation, this ebook investigates either Newman’s writings and work in gentle of rules articulated by means of one in every of Germany’s most vital and influential philosophers: Martin Heidegger. the various issues explored in Newman’s statements, and echoed within the titles of his work, betray various issues of intersection with Heidegger’s philosophy: the query of origins, the individuality of human presence, a person’s experience of position, the feeling of terror, the definition of freedom, the significance of temper to life, the particularities of paintings and language, the impression of know-how on glossy lifestyles, the that means of time, and the human being’s dating to others and to the divine. while tested within the context of Heideggerian concept, those matters collect higher concreteness, and, in flip, their relation to the artist’s work turns into clearer. it's the competition of this e-book that, on the intersection of paintings historical past and philosophy, an interdisciplinary framework emerges in which the artist’s broader motivations and the categorical meanings of his work turn out extra amenable to elucidation.

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