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The Pensive ImageArt as a Form of Thinking$
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Hanneke Grootenboer

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780226717951

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226718002.001.0001

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Art as a Form of Thinking

Art as a Form of Thinking

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The Pensive Image

Hanneke Grootenboer

University of Chicago Press

Why have art and philosophy, traditionally sister arts, grown apart since the 19th century? Why is contemporary art practice understood as incompatible with the discipline of art history? The Pensive Image argues that art history has largely overlooked the philosophical dimension of art. This book deals with how pensive images evoke contemplation rather than interpretation. The introduction to this book explains how art and philosophy have drifted apart, and how a transhistorical perspective proposing to view early modern art through the lens of contemporary art practice can bring them back together. In contrast to other forms of self-aware, witty or clever imagery, pensive images are characterized as inconclusive and silent, expressing ideas that cannot be put in words. They lead us not to interpretation but into the realm of the unthought.

Keywords:   artistic research, transhistorical art history, mental images, meditative imagery, self-aware image, self-conscious art, clever object, thinking in art, art and philosophy, sister arts

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