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THE DECISION BETWEEN US: ART AND ETHICS IN THE TIME OF SCENES. John Paul Ricco. University of Chicago Press, 2014. 268 pp. with 13 ills. (6 col.). 24 x 16 cm. LC 2013-36680 ISBN 9780226717777 In English.
Publisher's description: The Decision Between Us combines an inventive reading of Jean-Luc Nancy with queer theoretical concerns to argue that while scenes of intimacy are spaces of sharing, they are also spaces of separation. John Paul Ricco shows that this tension informs our efforts to coexist ethically and politically, an experience of sharing and separation that informs any decision. Using this incongruous relation of intimate separation, Ricco goes on to propose that decision is as much an aesthetic as it is an ethical construct, and one that is always defined in terms of our relations to loss, absence, departure, and death. Laying out this theory of unbecoming community in modern and contemporary art, literature, and philosophy, and calling our attention to such things as blank sheets of paper, images of unmade beds, and the spaces around bodies, The Decision Between Us opens in 1953, when Robert Rauschenberg famously erased a drawing by Willem de Kooning, and Roland Barthes published Writing Degree Zero, then moves to 1980 and the neutral mourning of Barthes' Camera Lucida, and ends in the early 1990s with installations by Felix Gonzalez-Torres.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Post-1945 — Several Media, Criticism/Theory
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 158455
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