By Gerhard Richter
Richter explores the idea that and circulation of afterness as a privileged but uncanny class via shut readings of Immanuel Kant, Franz Kafka, Martin Heidegger, Ernst Bloch, Walter Benjamin, Bertold Brecht, Theodor W. Adorno, Hannah Arendt, Jean-François Lyotard, and Jacques Derrida. via his paintings, the vexed strategies of afterness, following, and coming after remove darkness from a constellation of contemporary preoccupations, together with own and cultural reminiscence, translation, images, wish, and the historic and conceptual specificity of what has been termed "after Auschwitz." Richter's quite a few threads of analysis—which move an expansive selection of glossy writers and thinkers, various old moments of articulation, and quite a number media-richly advance Lyotard's incontrovertible assertion that "after philosophy comes philosophy. however it has been altered by means of the 'after.'" As this tricky inquiry demonstrates, a lot hinges on our interpretation of the "after," for our such a lot primary assumptions referring to sleek aesthetic illustration, conceptual discourse, group, subjectivity, and politics are at stake.
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