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Witkacy. Logos and the Elements

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Edited By Teresa Pękala

This book focuses on Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, philosopher and controversial artist. It expresses the opinions of philosophers, museologists and artists, for whom Stanisław Ignacy Witkacy’s 130th birthday anniversary became an opportunity to view his works from the perspective of postmodernity. The authors concentrate on Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz as eminent and prophetic philosopher concerned about Western culture with its waning metaphysical feelings, master of gesture and poses, anticipating the postmodern theatricalization of life.

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Experience and Language. Witkacy in Contemporary Interpretive Contexts (Iwona Lorenc)

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Iwona Lorenc

Experience and Language. Witkacy in Contemporary Interpretive Contexts

The trap of interpretive anachronism. Witkacy – a theorist or artist?

When we seek to understand past artistic phenomena by choosing only the categories used by the authors of the past we run the risk of falling into the trap of anachronism described inter alia by Didi Huberman in his book Devant l’image (Confronting Images). He presents the case of an art historian and student of fifteenth-century Italian painting, Michael Baxandall, who used in his analyses sixteen categories of the best art theorists of those times. It turned out, however, that because very soon they (categories) changed their content and values, they failed to cover a large portion of fifteenth-century artistic practice.

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