French Theory and American Art

Anaël Lejeune, Olivier Mignon, Raphaël Pirenne (eds.)

French Theory and American Art

Many postwar American artists were influenced by French philosophy, literary studies, and social sciences. Accordingly, a number of French authors gathered under the label “French Theory”—a name referring roughly to structuralism and post-structuralism—have received sustained attention in the United States. As early as the beginning of the 1960s, this reception process helped to shape both the American artistic practice and the fate of French thought in a crucial way. At the turn of the twenty-first century, the wealth of works from the human sciences and philosophy in American culture became the subject of numerous studies. Still, French Theory’s impact on the visual arts has rarely been considered as a general phenomenon.

First and foremost, French Theory and American Art examines some of the main historical conditions of this reception. It considers significant texts, artists, authors, and events that were instrumental in the introduction of French thought into the artistic field of the United States. The relation between artistic creation and theoretical thought, between singular, inventive uses and creative misunderstandings of theory, constitutes the other major question of the present volume.

Contributions by: Philip Armstrong, Victor Burgin, François Cusset, Larisa Dryansky, Benjamin Greenman, Rachel Haidu, Anaël Lejeune, Stephen Melville, Olivier Mignon, Laura Mulvey, Kassandra Nakas, Peter Osborne, Raphaël Pirenne, Jean-Michel Rabaté, John Rajchman, Katia Schneller, Alexander Streitberger, Hilde Van Gelder, Erik Verhagen.

Graphic design: Charles Mazé & Coline Sunier.

Volume co-edited with Sternberg Press

Text in English

15,5 x 23 cm (softcover, with dust jacket)

384 pages (b&w ill.)

23 x 15,5 cm

Release date : September 2013
ISBN : 978-2-930667-04-1, 978-3-943365-37-5