The Man Who Walked in Color
by Georges Didi-Huberman
forthcoming May 2017
A renowned art historian’s careful reading of the work of American artist, James Turrell.
For Georges Didi-Huberman, artist James Turrell is an inventor of impossible spaces and unthinkable sites, of aporias, of fables. Creator of some of the most fascinating works of the late 20th and early 21st century, Turrell's medium is the most elemental material of sight and art: light. But one of the crucial aspects of Turrell’s work with light is the fabulation of place and vision itself, a fabulation with origins deep in our history. Didi-Huberman takes the reader on a journey between the impossible limit of the horizon and the arrival into a site of reverie and light, from the story of Exodus to the Pala d’Oro of San Marco’s Basilica in Venice, through art history and the origins of religious worship, finally plunging into Turrell’s cadmium dust and light, into the Painted Desert of his installation, “Roden Crater.” For the esteemed art historian, Turrell’s artistic practice becomes the equivalent of walking along endless pathways in the desert, in “minuscule cathedrals where man discovers himself walking in color.”
Georges Didi-Huberman is a lecturer at the Ecole des hautes etudes en sciences sociales in Paris. He has published over 20 books on art history and philosophy including Fra Angelico: Dissemblance and Figuration (1995) and Confronting Images: Questioning the Ends of A Certain History of Art (2009). He is also the recipient of the 2015 Adorno Prize.
Drew S. Burk is a cultural theorist, editor, and translator of contemporary French philosophy.
|Details||Paperback | 82 pages | 5 x 8" | Illustrations: 18 | Letterpress Cover | Cover Design by Jason Wagner|