The Symbol Gives Rise to Thought: Writings on Art by Marina Warner
Published by Violette Editions
Edited by Vivian Sky Rehberg.
This collection brings together a selection of writings on art by the internationally acclaimed novelist, historian and critic Marina Warner. For 30 years Warner has published widely on a range of art-world subjects and objects, from contemporary installation and film works to paintings by Flemish and Italian Renaissance masters, through Victorian photography and twentieth-century political drawings and prints. Warner’s extraordinary curiosity in art and culture is conveyed in writing that is at once poetic and playful, elegant and rigorous, training our eyes on the smallest of details while painting a broad-brushstroke landscape of art past and present. Themes familiar to Warner’s readers--myth and fantasy, psychic and sexual experience, the vast and marvelous expanse of the human imagination--are treated in the lectures and articles, stories, interviews and essays contained here, some of which are published for the first time or republished from out-of-print sources.
For the first of two volumes, editor Vivian Sky Rehberg has assembled themed sections titled “Playing in the Dark,” “Telling Tales” and “Phantom Technologies.” Texts include interviews with Tacita Dean and Paula Rego; catalogue essays on Leonora Carrington, Henry Fuseli, Zarina Bhimji, Tony Oursler and Fischli/Weiss; articles on Tracy Emin, Marlene Dumas, Louise Bourgeois; stories for artist’s books by Kiki Smith and Helen Douglas; and lectures on Francis Bacon, Hieronymous Bosch and William Kentridge. The Symbol Gives Rise to Thought invites us to explore new ways of seeing and engaging with the traces of our artistic heritage.
Marina Warner is a writer of fiction, criticism and history. Holder of 12 honorary degrees and two honorary fellowships, Warner is a Fellow of the British Academy and of the Royal Society of Literature. She has judged the The Jerwood Drawing Prize and the Turner Prize; she is a regular broadcaster on the BBC, and has taught and given lectures worldwide, including the National Gallery and ICA, London and the Prado in Madrid; she has delivered the Presidential Lecture at Stanford University and the Carpenter Lecture at Harvard. She has been awarded a CBE, Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France and Commendatore dell'Ordine della Stella di Solidareità, Italy. Warner is a winner of the Aby Warburg Prize and a Getty Scholar.
Vivian Sky Rehberg is an art historian and critic based in Paris and Rotterdam. A founding editor of Journal of Visual Culture, she is a contributing editor of Frieze, and has written for numerous contemporary art publications. Previously Chair of the department of Critical Studies at Parsons Paris School of Art + Design, where she taught modern and contemporary art, Rehberg is currently Course Director for the Masters in Fine Art at Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam..