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Enquiry from one of the readers of Foucault News. Does anybody know what the two large paintings right at the beginning of this interview are?

15-minute footage is of an interview that was conducted by the Dutch philosopher Fons Elders in preparation for the debate between Noam Chomsky and Michel Foucault, which was broadcasted on Dutch television on Sunday, Nov. 28, 1971

5 thoughts on “Paintings in 1971 Dutch TV Interview with Foucault. Anybody know what these are? (2019)

  1. ilaria Fornacciari says:

    The author of the abstract composition that we see at the beginning of the interview is Maxime Defert.
    (here some of his works probably from the same years https://www.blouinartsalesindex.com/auctions/Maxime-Defert-5741025/Abstract-Composition-1969)
    Foucault on Maxime Defert:
    http://1libertaire.free.fr/MFoucault346.html

  2. John Muse says:

    I want these paintings (or is it a single work?) to be by Valerio Adami, which would create a nice agon with Derrida over this artist in particular. Yes, they have saturated, block color and black contours, but there are none of the games with precedent works and photographs as in an Adami. Good luck! Interested to know the answer.

  3. Thomas Defert says:

    They are from Maxime Defert (it’s my father)

    1. Clare O'Farrell says:

      Many thanks Thomas and thanks for checking in. Somebody posted this info on the Foucault News Facebook page when this enquiry originally went out.

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