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The Secret Art of Antonin Artaud

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Antonin Artaud (1896-1948)--stage and film actor, director, writer, drug addict, and visual artist--was a man of rage and genius. "The Secret Art of Antonin Artaud" is the first English translation of two famous texts on his drawings and portraits. In one, Jacques Derrida examines the works that he first saw on the walls of Paule Thevenin's apartment. His text, as frenzied ...more
Paperback, 175 pages
Published February 28th 2000 by MIT Press (MA) (first published May 1st 1998)
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Jun 24, 2014 Jonfaith rated it liked it
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In other conditions, with time enough and taking the necessary precautions I would be tempted to insist on the possible encounters which did not take place between Heidegger and Artaud.

Well, that sort of clinches it -- what could have been. This bastard text is a wonderful failure. The Secret Art of Antonin Artaud offers an example of art criticism without presenting the examined art. Apparently the Artaud estate refused permission to reproduce the drawings and sketches. What follows is a string
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Dec 15, 2009 Eric Phetteplace rated it really liked it
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A nice background piece on Artaud's drawings and then some extreme rambling by Derrida. I've slowly come around to the view that Derrida represents everything that's wrong with philosophy (a focus on language rather than reality, repeated reading of texts rather engaging pressing issues) but this piece was fairly enjoyable. I think it's just the topic; the violence and orignality of Artaud's language can't help by assert itself in any "interpretation" (which I put in quotes because undoubtedly t ...more
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Jacques Derrida was the founder of “deconstruction,” a way of criticizing not only both literary and philosophical texts but also political institutions. Although Derrida at times expressed regret concerning the fate of the word “deconstruction,” its popularity indicates the wide-ranging influence of his thought, in philosophy, in literary criticism and theory, in art and, in particular, architect ...more
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