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AGAINST AFFECTIVE FORMALISM: MATISSE, BERGSON, MODERNISM. Todd Cronan. University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, 2013. 354 pp. with 89 ills. (20 col.). 26 x 18 cm. LC 2013-15888 ISBN 9780816676033 In English.
Hardcover edition also available; see Worldwide 153862. Publisher's description: Against Affective Formalism confronts modernism's dissatisfactions with representation. As Todd Cronan explains, a central tenet of modernist thought turns on the effort to overcome representation in the name of something more explicit in its capacity to generate bodily or affective experience. Henri Bergson was one of the most influential advocates of the antirepresentational impulse; his novel theories of memory and freedom gripped a generation of writers, philosophers, psychologists, and artists. Matisse believed that through the careful arrangement of line and color he could transmit his feelings directly to the minds and bodies of his viewers. Matisse and Bergson worked within and against the context of form and expression that remains in force today. Writing in opposition to prevailing theories and assumptions about the relation of intention and form -- most of which accept the "death of the author" as a basic fact of interpretation -- Cronan argues that the beholder's response to art, outside a framework of intentionality, is irrelevant to a work's meaning.
Artist(s):Matisse, Henri
Indexing: Western, Europe — France — 1900-1945 — Painting, Criticism/Theory
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 153863
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