The Visual World of French Theory

This month, Yale publishes The Visual World of French Theory, vol. 1: Narrative Figuration, by Sarah Wilson (Amazon). The book discusses artists of the nouvelle figuration such as Bernard Rancillac (Artnet), Lucio Fanti, Gérard Fromanger, Jacques Monory, and Valerio Adami (Daniel Templon) in relation to the French thought of the time.

According to the publisher:

“This book focuses on the remarkable series of encounters between the most prominent French philosophers of the 1960s and 1970s – Jean-Paul Sartre, Louis Althusser, Pierre Bourdieu, Gilles Deleuze, Michel Foucault, Félix Guattari, Jean-François Lyotard, Jacques Derrida – and the artists of their times…

“What Bourdieu called “cultural competence” is seen to be essential for these particular philosophers, and Sarah Wilson shows that it is through them that the figurative art of 1970s France can be introduced to the audience it deserves.”