Many postwar American artists were influenced by French philosophy, literary studies, and social sciences. A number of French authors grouped under the label "French Theory" – which refers roughly to structuralism and post-structuralism – were given considerable and sustained attention in the United States. As far back as the early 1960s, this reception process had a crucial influence on both American artistic practice and the spread of French thought. At the turn of the twenty-first century, a number of studies explored the influence of this French theory in the humanities. And yet its impact on the visual arts in America has rarely been explored. 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 art world in the United States. The relationship between artistic creation and theory, between unique and inventive uses and creative misunderstandings of theory, constitutes the other main topic of the present volume.
Editors: Anaël Lejeune, Olivier Mignon and Raphaël Pirenne
Essays by Philip Armstrong, Victor Burgin, François Cusset, Larisa Dryansky, Benjamin Greenman, Rachel Haidu, Sylvère Lotringer, Stephen Melville, Laura Mulvey, Kassandra Nakas, Peter Osborne, Jean-Michel Rabaté, John Rajchman, Katia Schneller, Alexander Streitberger, Hilde Van Gelder and Erik Verhagen
A joint publication of (SIC) and Sternberg Press
Published in 2013
15.5 x 23 cm