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That Uncertain Object: David Sylvester’s Conception of Criticism as a Personal Affair

2014

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It has become almost routine to dismiss direct and ‘unmediated’ analyses of artworks but in this essay Brendan Prendeville argues that David Sylvester’s strength as a writer on art lay precisely in his willingness to be guided by direct response, as made evident from his earliest critical writing. Affinities between Sylvester’s approach and phenomenology are also discussed.

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