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What Drawing and Painting Really Mean

The Phenomenology of Image and Gesture

By Paul Crowther

© 2017 – Routledge

168 pages | 8 Color Illus. | 16 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

There are as many meanings to drawing and painting as there are cultural contexts for them to exist in. But this is not the end of the story. Drawings and paintings are made, and in their making embody unique meanings that transform our perception of space-time and sense of finitude. These meanings have not been addressed by art history or visual studies hitherto, and have only been considered indirectly by philosophers (mainly in the phenomenological tradition). If these intrinsic meanings are explained and further developed, then the philosophy of art practice is significantly enhanced. The present work, accordingly, is a phenomenology of how the gestural and digital creation of visual imagery generates self-transformation through aesthetic space.

Table of Contents

List of fi gures

List of plates

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Drawing and Painting in the Age of Networks

1. The Cognitive Function of the Image

2. Origins of Drawing and Painting: the Hominid Creation of Aesthetic Space

3. The Phenomenology of Drawing and Painting

4. A Bigger Picture: Drawing, Painting, and the Structure of Aesthetic Space

5. Art’s Eternalization of the Moment

6. The Aesthetic Space of Abstract Art

7. Conditions of Creativity: Drawing and Painting with Computers

Conclusion: Drawing and Painting at the Limits of Art

Bibliography

Index

About the Author

Paul Crowther is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He was formerly Reader in Aesthetics and the History of Art at Oxford University. Of his many monographs, the most recent is How Pictures Complete Us: The Beautiful, the Sublime, and the Divine.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Art and Visual Studies

This series is our home for innovative research in the fields of art and visual studies. It includes monographs and targeted edited collections that provide new insights into visual culture and art practice, theory, and research.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART008000
ART / Conceptual
ART009000
ART / Criticism & Theory
ART010000
ART / Techniques / Drawing
ART015000
ART / History / General
ART020000
ART / Techniques / Painting
PHI001000
PHILOSOPHY / Aesthetics
PHI013000
PHILOSOPHY / Metaphysics
PHI018000
PHILOSOPHY / Movements / Phenomenology
PHI031000
PHILOSOPHY / Movements / General