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imageCatherine M. Soussloff, Foucault on Painting– forthcoming in November 2017 with University of Minnesota Press.

A timely exploration of Foucault’s art historical and philosophical engagement with painting as knowledge

Catherine M. Soussloff argues that Michel Foucault’s sustained engagement with European art history critically addresses present concerns about the mediated nature of the image in the digital age. She explores the meaning of painting for Foucault’s philosophy, and for contemporary art theory, proposing a new relevance for a Foucauldian view of ethics and the pleasures and predicaments of contemporary existence.

Catherine Soussloff is certainly one of the most intellectually intelligent and reflective art historians I can think of. Foucault on Painting is a clear, deeply thoughtful, and perfectly written contribution to the important field of intersect between art and philosophy.

—James Rubin, Stony Brook University

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