Writing Art and Architecture

Author: Andrew Benjami
Publisher: re.pre
Keywords: architecture, art, writing
Number of Pages: 184
Published: 2010-10-01
ISBN-10: 0980819709
ISBN-13: 9780980819700

Book Description:

In his new book, the eminent philosopher Andrew Benjamin turns his attention to architecture, design, sculpture, painting and writing. Drawing predominantly on a European tradition of modern philosophical criticism running from the German Romantics through Walter Benjamin and beyond, he offers a sequence of strong meditations on a diverse ensemble of works and themes: on the library and the house, on architectural theory, on Rachel Whiteread, Peter Eisenman, Anselm Kiefer, Peter Nielson, David Hawley, Terri Bird, Elizabeth Presa and others. In Benjamin’s hands, criticism is bound up with judgment. Objects of criticism always become more than mere documents. These essays dissolve the prejudices that have determined our relation to aesthetic objects and to thought, releasing in their very care and attentiveness to the ’objects themselves’ the unexpected potentialities such objects harbour. In his sensitivity to what he calls ’the particularity of material events’, Benjamin’s writing comes to exemplify new possibilities for the contemporary practice of criticism itself. These essays are a major contribution to critical thought about art and architecture today, and a genuine work of what Benjamin himself identifies as a ’materialist aesthetics’.

Contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction

Writing, Criticism

 

Architecture + Design

Architecture and Culture

On the Library

Learning from the House

Plus ça change, Plus ça change

On the Image of Different lines

Visual Memory

Performing, Effecting Surfaces

A Secular Temenos

Resisting the Design of Empire

 

Exhibiting Architecture

Architecture as Practice

Displaying Architecture

Researching Architecture

The Standards of the Non Standard

 

Painting

Myth and History

Art that Matters

Traces of Anonymity

The Work of Figures

 

Sculpture

Vandalizing Objects, Destroying Art

Serra and the Space of Sculpture

Fraying Lines

There in the vanishing

 

Writing

Seeing Florence

Place

On/Within

 

About the Author

Andrew Benjamin is Professor of Critical Theory and Philosophical Aesthetics at Monash University where he is also Director of the Research Unit in European Philosophy. His most recent books are Style and Time: Essays on the Politics of Appearance (North Western University Press, 2006), Of Jews and Animals (Edinburgh University Press, 2010) and Place, Commonality and Judgment: Continental Philosophy and the Ancient Greeks (Continuum 2010).


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