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The Man Who Walked in Color

2017
Author:

Georges Didi-Huberman
Translated by Drew S. Burk

The Man Who Walked in Color

A renowned art historian’s careful reading of the work of American artist James Turrell

For renowned art historian Georges Didi-Huberman, artist James Turrell is an inventor of impossible spaces and unthinkable sites, of aporias, of fables. Creator of some of the most fascinating works of the late twentieth and early twenty-first century, Turrell uses as his medium the most elemental material of sight and art: light.

Burk’s translation of Didi-Huberman’s The Man Who Walked in Color allows the flesh of words to express the flesh of colour and light, the solidity and volume of fabled spaces, and the quickness and the obdurateness of material objects and surfaces. Beautifully produced, this book is an elegant visual complement to the original Minuit edition of Didi-Huberman’s essay.

French Studies

For Georges Didi-Huberman, artist James Turrell is an inventor of impossible spaces and unthinkable sites, of aporias, of fables. Creator of some of the most fascinating works of the late twentieth and early twenty-first century, Turrell uses as his medium the most elemental material of sight and art: light. One crucial aspect of his work is the fabulation of place and vision with its foundation deep in history.

Didi-Huberman takes the reader on a journey between the impossible limit of the horizon and the arrival into a site of reverie and light, from the story of Exodus to the Pala d’Oro of San Marco’s Basilica in Venice, through art history and the origins of religious worship, finally plunging into Turrell’s cadmium dust and light, into the Painted Desert of his installation Roden Crater. For the esteemed art historian, Turrell’s artistic practice becomes the equivalent of walking along endless pathways in the desert, in “minuscule cathedrals where man discovers himself walking in color.”

The Man Who Walked in Color

Georges Didi-Huberman is lecturer at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris. He has published more than twenty books on art history and philosophy and received the 2015 Theodor W. Adorno Prize.

Drew S. Burk is a cultural theorist, editor, and translator of contemporary French philosophy.

The Man Who Walked in Color

Burk’s translation of Didi-Huberman’s The Man Who Walked in Color allows the flesh of words to express the flesh of colour and light, the solidity and volume of fabled spaces, and the quickness and the obdurateness of material objects and surfaces. Beautifully produced, this book is an elegant visual complement to the original Minuit edition of Didi-Huberman’s essay.

French Studies

In his slim but densely structured philosophical study, which takes the form of an extended fable, Georges Didi-Huberman explores the visionary quality of Turrell’s work in both its spiritual and phenomenological dimensions.

Leonardo Reviews