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The Pleasure in Drawing$
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Jean-Luc Nancy

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780823250936

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823250936.001.0001

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Gestural Pleasure

Gestural Pleasure

(p.37) Gestural Pleasure
The Pleasure in Drawing

Jean-Luc Nancy

, Philip Armstrong
Fordham University Press

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.

Keywords:   aesthetics, pleasure, art, desire, gesture, William Carlos Williams, Jacques Derrida, Cy Twombly, Leonardo da Vinci, Maurice Blanchot

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