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The Pleasure in Drawing

Jean-Luc Nancy


Originally written for an exhibition curated by Jean-Luc Nancy at the Museum of Fine Arts in Lyon in 2007, this book addresses the medium of drawing in light of the question of form—of form in its formation, as a formative force, as a birth to form. In this sense, drawing opens toward a finality without end and the infinite renewal of ends, toward lines of sense marked by tracings, suspensions, and permanent interruptions. Recalling that drawing and design were once used interchangeably, Nancy notes that drawing designates a design that remains without project, plan, or intention. His argument ... More

Keywords: Jean-Luc Nancy, drawing, design, closure, Sigmund Freud, desire, formation, sexual pleasure, form, formative force

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780823250936
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823250936.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jean-Luc Nancy, author
Universite Marc Bloch, Strasbourg