The Institute of Fine Arts at NYU | 1 East 78th Street
Thierry de Duve
2013 Kirk Varnedoe Visiting Professor, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
Kant's 'Free play...' in Light of Minimal Art
Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 6:00 PM
The Institute of Fine Arts
1 East 78th Street
New York City
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About this lecture:
In section 9 of the Critique of the Power of Judgment, Kant claims that in a judgment of taste the feeling of pleasure resides in the free play of imagination and understanding. This felicitous epiphany is often seen as characterizing the modernist aesthetic experience and as having been thwarted by postmodern art. Taking his clues from minimal art, Thierry de Duve shall examine whether postmodernism invalidates Kantian aesthetics altogether, or whether it does not offer another model of how the interplay of imagination and understanding operates, a model that forces us to displace, or amend, or update Kantian aesthetics and, in so doing, deepen our understanding of its implications.
About Thierry de Duve:
Professor emeritus from the Université de Lille 3, Thierry de Duve is a historian and philosopher of art, and an occasional curator. His English publications include Pictorial Nominalism (1991), Kant after Duchamp (1996), Clement Greenberg Between the Lines (1996, 2010), Look—100 Years of Contemporary Art (2001), and Sewn In the Sweatshops of Marx: Beuys, Warhol, Klein, Duchamp (2012). He recently finished a book of essays on aesthetics, and during academic year 2012-2013 was William C. Seitz Senior Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA).
For more information on the Kirk Varnedoe Visiting Professorship, click here: http://www.nyu.edu/gsas/dept/fineart/people/faculty/kirk-varnedoe.htm