In the Press: Tom Huhn in Art in America

July 12, 2011

Tom Huhn (chair, BFA Visual and Critical Studies Department) provides a thoughtful review of Sarah Wilson’s new book The Visual World of French Theory: Figurations in the June/July issue of Art in America.  In the book, Wilson—an independent curator and professor of contemporary art at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London—investigates Narrative Figuration, a cultural movement in France during the 1960s and ‘70s that brought together visual artists, critical thinkers and theorists alike.

“Wilson’s study provides an opportunity to consider yet again the vexed relationship between word and image,” writes Huhn in Art in America, “this time within the heated and crackling context of French politics.” The Visual World of French Theory: Figurations seeks “to rescue Narrative Figuration from the obscurity into which it has fallen” and “Wilson succeeds in showing—without any criticism of theory—that the political disputes were often far more evident in the visual arts than in any discursive texts.”

To read the full review, visit Art in America.

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