This section argues that classical aesthetics as an aesthetics of pleasure does not mean that pleasure has no place outside aesthetics, and that aesthetics is not exempt from a pleasure principle. It is impossible to speak of art without speaking of a certain attraction, such as the attraction of the artists for their art. The pleasure of a desire is aimed less toward an object to be attained than toward its own possibility. The gesture for which drawing offers us the essence and excellence is a sense that is offered right at the body that becomes less active, efficient, or operative than the body that gives itself over to a motion—to an emotion—that receives it. Also included in this section is a “Sketchbook” of quotations on art from William Carlos Williams, Jacques Derrida, Cy Twombly, André du Bouchet, Leonardo da Vinci, Maurice Blanchot, and Daniel Arasse.
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