Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe brings to Melville's work the insight not only of an art critic and theorist, but of a practicing artist as well. Navigating through the complexity of contemporary thought and philosophy, Gilbert-Rolfe unravels the Gordian knot of the diverse discourses that circumscribe Melville's views, revealing the practicality and clarity of Melville's speculative narratives. Stephen Melville is one of the most thoughtful critics to emerge in recent years. He has applied the tools developed by Jacques Derrida and Jacques Lacan to the problems of contemporary art. With his roots in Kant, Hegel, and Heidegger, he reopens questions of art's reception, interpretation, and commentary. Not only does he articulate the limitations of these categories, and how they are set into motion-stasis and balance are not the goal. He demonstrates how the territory of each of these discourses is maintained by their relationship to one another. Melville's texts not only represent the complexity of his subjec

part |183 pages

Essays by Stephen Melville

chapter 1|11 pages

Robert Smithson

“Aliteralist of the Imagination”

chapter 2|20 pages


chapter 3|7 pages

Aesthetic Detachment

chapter 4|21 pages

Positionality, Objectivity, Judgment

chapter 5|22 pages

Psychoanalysis and the Place of Jouissance

chapter 7|18 pages

Color has not Yet been Named

Objectivity in Deconstruction

chapter 9|12 pages

Compelling Acts, Haunting Convictions

chapter 10|10 pages

Painting Put Asunder

Moments Lucid and Opaque Like Turner's Sun and Cindy Sherman's Face

chapter 11|4 pages