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Cloth, 224 pages, 8
Edinburgh University Press
These 11 chapters collect Hélène Cixous' writings about specific contemporary artists and artworks. More than simply "art criticism" or critical essays, Cixous responds to these artworks as a poet, reading them as if they were poems. Written between 1985 and 2010, most are unpublished in English, or published in rare or unavailable catalogues and art books. An introduction by the editors is followed by a translation of Cixous' Peintures: Écrits sur l'art. To keep the focus on contemporary art, the two previously published texts on Rembrandt have been exchanged for two more recent texts, one on the Latino photographer Andrés Serrano (2008) and the other on the French artist Ernest Pignon-Ernest (2010).
• Combines poetic, theoretical and critical writing to in Cixous’ unique methodology
• Addresses an important collection of contemporary artists, including American artists Nancy Spero and Roni Horn, the London artist Maria Chevska, the Cherokee artist Jeffrey Gibson, the filmmaker Ruth Bekermann, the French choreographer Karine Saporta and the French fashion designer Sonia Rykiel.
• Treats a range of media and genre: photography, painting, installations, film, choreography, fashion design