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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

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(p.37) Gestural Pleasure
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The Pleasure in Drawing
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Jean-Luc Nancy

, Philip Armstrong
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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823250936.003.0008

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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