London Aesthetics Forum: Depiction and Abstraction, Elisa Caldarola (Padua), 3 Dec

Wednesday 26 November 2014


03 December 2014, 16:00 - 18:00
IP London Aesthetics Forum: Room G34, Senate House, WC1
Depiction and Abstraction
Elisa Caldarola (Padua)

Is there any room for abstract paintings in the domain of depiction? Some have suggested that only those pictures that are ordinarily called "figurative" are depictions. Others have argued that depictive pictures are those that have been succesfully intended to allow viewers to see depth in them. I critically address these views and argue that, in principle, any kind of abstract painting, no matter its appearance, could be a depiction. I claim that my view is consistent with an objective resemblance theory of depiction and show that it offers valuable insights into abstract painting.

Supported by the British Society of Aesthetics