This is the first sustained phemelogical approach to modern art, taking a new approach and drawing upon an unusual selection of thinkers. As a philosophical approach, phemelogy is concerned with structure in how phemena are experienced. The Phemelogy of Modern Art uses phemelogical insights to explain the significance of style in modern art, most tably in Impressionism, Expressionism, Cezanne and Cubism, Duchampian conceptualism and abstract art. Paul Crowther explores this thematic in a new way, addressing specific visual artworks and tendencies in detail and introducing a new methodology - post-analytic phemelogy. It is this more critical, post-analytic orientation that allows the book to utilise some unexpected phemelogical resources. Gilles Deleuze, rarely associated with phemelogy, in fact employs an overriding phemelogical orientation in his focus on modern art. Crowther uses Deleuze's important phemelogical insights as a starting point and goes on to develop arguments found in two other thinkers, Nietzsche and Merleau-Ponty, as well as addressing those figures and tendencies in relation to whom twentieth-century critical appropriations of Kant have been most influential. Illustrated throughout, the book offers the first sustained phemelogical approach to modern art.
Paul Crowther is Professor of Philosophy at the National University of Ireland, Galway.