Another light: Painting's phenomenal opticality

McDowell, D 2012, 'Another light: Painting's phenomenal opticality', The International Journal of the Image, vol. 2, no. 3, pp. 205-218.


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Collection: Journal Articles

Title Another light: Painting's phenomenal opticality
Author(s) McDowell, D
Year 2012
Journal name The International Journal of the Image
Volume number 2
Issue number 3
Start page 205
End page 218
Total pages 14
Publisher Common Ground Publishing
Abstract For Clement Greenberg, only painting free of any representational or illusionistic vestige was truly 'optical'. All other painting, even non-representational painting which still suggested volume or depth, he regarded to be 'tactile' Greenberg's agenda in making this distinction was significantly partisan, and the cause he championed is now a matter of art history. It's easy just to say now that every painting ever painted is visually perceived as a result of the light reflected from its surface: to that extent then, can't we say - contra Greenberg - that all painting is optical?
Subject Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting)
Keyword(s) Phenomenology of Art
Painting and Optics
Clement Greenberg
Leonardo da Vinci
Elaine Escoubas
Gilles Deleuze
Copyright notice © 2012 The Author(s)
ISSN 2154-8560
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