The pragmatism of Charles Peirce and William James and John Dewey exists as it moved, absorbing and absorbed.
Conclusions remain provisions, time riding on, perpetually unsettled, nocturnal, opaque.
Many questions and conditions remain. They will recur. The future has not eased. In our own lifetime there have been stakes, some old, some new, in continuing to write about the time and place and point of art.
It is important to mark them. Pragmatism is above all a way of working, it starts from the present.
A genealogy emerges naturally, elliptically. Several generations cross back and forth over the Atlantic.
The questions combine with case studies as a story unfolds: the work of Meyer Schapiro, Henri Focillon, Alexander Dorner, George Kubler, Robert Herbert, T.
J. Clark and Linda Nochlin is scrutinized; the philosophy of Michel Foucault and Gilles Deleuze and the films of Chris Marker and Jean-Luc Godard show distinctly pragmatic effects; artists discussed include Vincent Van Gogh, Isamu Noguchi, Lawrence Weiner and Gordon Matta-Clark.
The relevance of this material for the art and art-writing of our own time becomes increasingly clear. Recommended for students and scholars of philosophy, art history, and contemporary art writing.