This Is Not a Pipe (Quantum Books)
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- Format:Deluxe Edition
- Languages:English (Unknown), English (Original Language), English (Published)
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- Edition:Second Edition, 25th Anniversary Edition
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- Dimensions (in):7.9 x 5 x 0.3
- Publication Date:July 1, 2008
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What does it mean to write "This is not a pipe" across a bluntly literal painting of a pipe? René Magritte's famous canvas provides the starting point for a delightful homage by French philosopher and historian Michel Foucault. Much better known for his incisive and mordant explorations of power and social exclusion, Foucault here assumes a more playful stance. By exploring the nuances and ambiguities of Magritte's visual critique of language, he finds the painter less removed than previously thought from the pioneers of modern abstraction.
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