Interpreting Visual Culture: Explorations in the Hermeneutics of the Visual

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SEEING BECOMING DRAWING

The interplay of eyes, hands and surfaces in the drawings of Pierre Bonnard

Michael Phillipson and Chris Fisher

Pembs, May 1996
I have fixed the xeroxed copies of the Bonnard drawings (several of which I am already familiar with and close to from catalogue reproductions) to the wall around my desk; they constitute an intimate exhibition within which I can move and be moved without moving. In spite of the losses and the accentuations of the copying process, they retain their ability to amaze, seduce, and undo. I am sure that through this little collection we can explore together the differing and converging qualities of our relations to them, of how we are rivetted by and to them…
Notts, June 1996
I'm glad the copies of the drawings arrived safely. At this time of year, it is just before harvest and the air is full of tiny insects. Clouds of them come out as the corn is about to be cut and hang around in the air. They have the irritating habit of crawling behind the glass of any surface they can find, and dying. I look at the drawings on my way down stairs, and discover that they are pockmarked with tiny bodies from the night before. Black dots appear overnight on drawings whose surface is already a haze of marks. It is maddening. The drawings are put away from all this now. I have always liked the idea the Japanese have

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Illustrations vii
  • Part I - Rethinking the Visual in Contemporary Theory 1
  • 1 - The Hermeneutics of Seeing 3
  • 2 - Specular Grammar 30
  • 3 - Bakhtin and the Metaphorics of Perception 57
  • 4 - Durkheim's Double Vision 74
  • 5 - Readers of the Lost Art 99
  • 6 - Seeing Becoming Drawing 123
  • 7 - The 'Real Realm' 143
  • 8 - The Denigration of Vision and the Renewal of Painting 162
  • Part III - Towards an Ethics of the Visual 183
  • 9 - My Philosophical Project and the Empty Jug 185
  • 10 - 'Ever More Specific' 198
  • 11 - Aporia of the Sensible 218
  • Select Bibliography 251
  • Index 258
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