Author: Kojeve, Alexandre, Groys, Boris
Theory of art
Published on 3 November 2022 by David Zwirner in the United States as part of 'the Ekphrasis' series.
Paperback | 80 pages, 1 Illustrations, unspecified
107 x 175 x 12 | 84g
A teacher to Jacques Lacan, AndrÃ© Breton, and Albert Camus, KojÃ¨ve defined art as the act of extracting the beautiful from objective reality. His poetic text, â€œThe Concrete Paintings of Kandinsky,â€ endorses nonrepresentational art as uniquely manifesting beauty. Taking the paintings of his renowned uncle, Wassily Kandinsky, as his inspiration, KojÃ¨ve suggests that in creating (rather than replicating) beauty, the paintings are themselves complete universes as concrete as the natural world. KojÃ¨veâ€™s text considers the utility and necessity of beauty in life, and ultimately poses the involuted question: What is beauty?
Including personal letters between Kandinsky and his nephew, this book further elaborates the unique relationship between artist and philosopher. An introduction by Boris Groys contextualizes KojÃ¨veâ€™s life and writings.