Sei lezioni di disegno - William Kentridge - Johan & Levi - Libro Johan & Levi Editore
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Sei lezioni di disegno

Art, says William Kentridge, is its own form of knowledge. It is not a simple integration of the real world, nor can it be considered only in the rational terms of classic academic disciplines. The studio is the crucial place for the creation of meaning: it is the place where linear thinking gives way to eye, hand, paper and charcoal, to the material processes that give creativity its vital spark. The act of drawing, of dirtying our hands, has the power to put us in touch with the most complex issues of our time.

Kentridge is particularly interested in how we attribute structure and meaning to the fluidity of experience: we strive to glimpse a familiar outline in the changing shapes of clouds and we assemble scraps of paper into a shape that is instantly recognizable to an onlooker. This powerful need for meaning – looking at a group of fragments and attributing a value to them, taking the fragments and composing an image – is present not only when looking at the shadows of things, but in everything we see, even in how we interpret the world of geography or politics. To show us the mechanisms – often illusory – by which we give meaning to the world, the author uses language and the instruments of logic to flesh out an idea as if they were paper and charcoal. He thus also adds practical notions to a discussion that ranges from Plato’s cave to the Enlightenment’s role in colonial oppression, from how optical instruments work to the depiction of animals in art: Kentridge’s Sei lezioni di disegno is a compendium of his ideas about art, on making art and on the need to leave space for stupidity, that is both clever and light-hearted. He does not celebrate stupidity itself, but tells us it can hold more surprises than a studio full of good ideas.

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Topic Personalities
Collection Parole e immagini
Publisher Johan & Levi
Size 16,5 x 24 cm
Pages 160 pages
Illustrations 60 colour images
Published on 04/2016
ISBN 9788860101747


Indice testuale

Prima lezione
Encomio delle ombre

Seconda lezione
Una breve storia delle rivolte coloniali

Terza lezione
Pensiero verticale: una biografia di Johannesburg

Quarta lezione
Epistemologia pratica: vita nello studio

Quinta lezione
Encomio della cattiva traduzione

Sesta lezione


Sei lezioni di disegno

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