DIDI-HUMBERMAN, G: Confronting Images: Questioning the Ends of a Certain History of Art

Confronting Images: Questioning the Ends of a Certain History of Art, book coverDidi-Huberman, Georges. Confronting Images: Questioning the Ends of a Certain History of Art. Pennsylvania State University Press, 2004. ISBN: 9780271024721. Factory sealed. 336p. Measures 5.5×8.5 inches. 18 illustrations. New. Paperback. (#25865) $28.00

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According to Didi-Huberman, visual representation has an “underside” in which seemingly intelligible forms lose their clarity and defy rational understanding.

Art historians, he goes on to contend, have failed to engage this underside, where images harbor limits and contradictions, because their discipline is based upon the assumption that visual representation is made up of legible signs and lends itself to rational scholarly cognition epitomized in the “science of iconology.”

Didi-Huberman suggests that art historians look to Freud’s concept of the “dreamwork,” not for a code of interpretation, but rather to begin to think of representation as a mobile process that often involves substitution and contradiction.