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Pleasure in Drawing

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ISBN-10: 0823250946

ISBN-13: 9780823250943

Edition: 2013

Authors: Jean-Luc Nancy, Philip Armstrong

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Originally written for an exhibition Jean-Luc Nancy curated at the Museum of Fine Arts in Lyon in 2007, this book addresses the medium of drawing in light of the question of form--of form in its formation, as a formative force, as a birth to form. In this sense, drawing opens less toward its achievement, intention, and accomplishment than toward a finality without end and the infinite renewal of ends, toward lines of sense marked by tracings, suspensions, and permanent interruptions.Recalling that drawing and design were once used interchangeably, Nancy notes that "drawing" designates a design that remains without project, plan, or intention. His argument offers a way of rethinking a number of historical terms (sketch, draft, outline, plan, mark, notation), which includes rethinking drawing in its graphic, filmic, choreographic, poetic, melodic, and rhythmic sense.If drawing is not reducible to any form of closure, it never resolves a tension specific to drawing but allows the pleasure of drawing to come into appearance, which is also the pleasure in drawing, the gesture of a desire that remains in excess of all knowledge. Situating drawing in these terms, Nancy engages a number of texts in which Freud addresses the force of desire in the rapport between aesthetic and sexual pleasure, texts that also turn around the same questions concerning form in its formation, form as a formative force.Between the sections of the text, Nancy has placed a series of "sketchbooks" on drawing, composed of a broad range of quotations on art from different writers, artists, or philosophers.
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Book details

List price: $23.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Publication date: 7/16/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 128
Size: 7.80" wide x 5.20" long x 0.60" tall
Weight: 0.352
Language: English

Translator's Note
Preface to the English-Language Edition
Form
Sketchbooks 1
Idea
Sketchbook 2
Formative Force
Sketchbook 3
The Pleasure of Drawing
Sketchbook 4
Forma Formans
Sketchbook 5
From Self Toward Self
Sketchbook 6
Consenting to Self
Sketchbook 7
Gestural Pleasure
Sketchbook 8
The Form-Pleasure
Sketchbook 9
The Drawing/Design of the Arts
Sketchbook 10
Mimesis
Sketchbooks 11
Pleasure of Relation
Sketchbook 12
Death, Sex, Love of the Invisible
Sketchbook 13
Ambiguous Pleasure
Sketchbook 14
Purposiveness Without Purpose
Sketchbook 15
The Line's Desire
Sketchbook 16
Notes