Our next title is Michel Foucault's "Manet and the Object of Painting" (available in paperback from Amazon here). As I mentioned at our last meeting, this seems like a cute harmless book, but as is the case with most of Foucault's writings, it takes courage and perseverance to get through it. I am convinced, however, that this is a seminal text that deserves our attention and critical appreciation.
"In this encounter between one of the 20th century’s greatest minds and an artist fundamental to the development of modern art, French philosopher Michel Foucault explores Edouard Manet’s importance in the overthrow of traditional values in painting. Here translated into English for the first time, this powerful critique takes the form of a commentary on 13 of Manet’s paintings. For the politically minded philosopher, the connection between visual art and power was clear: Art is not an aesthetic pursuit, but a means to explore—and challenge—power dynamics."
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