The intertwining – Damisch, Bois, and October’s rethinking of painting

Bowman, Matthew (2019) The intertwining – Damisch, Bois, and October’s rethinking of painting. Journal of Contemporary Painting, 5 (1). pp. 99-116. ISSN 2052-6695

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While most of Hubert Damisch’s major books have been made available in English since the publication of Yve-Alain Bois’ review essay ‘Painting as model’, it nonetheless remains a shame that Fenêtre Jaune Cadmium (Damisch 1984) – the subject of Bois’ review – has not been translated. Although best known as a specialist in Renaissance art, the essays of Fenêtre show how Damisch’s distinct art-theoretical project emerges from his early writings on modernist and post-war painting, phenomenology and structuralism. This paper argues that Damisch’s writings and Bois’ essay serves as a crux for the October journal. October was at the forefront of the critique against painting during the early 1980s, but the publication of ‘Painting as model’ suggests a sea change in the journal. I shall examine how Damisch’s entwining of phenomenology and structuralism, as a model for October that helped it revise its understanding of painting and for rethinking the relationship between art history and art criticism.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Hubert Damisch, October journal, Yve-Alain Bois, painting, phenomenology, structuralism
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
T Technology > TR Photography
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Business & Applied Social Science > Department of Arts & Humanities
SWORD Depositor: Pub Router
Depositing User: Pub Router
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2019 08:38
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2020 01:38

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