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Laurie Fendrich: "Surviving Rousseau: How a Painter Won Her Battle with a Great Book"

Thu, November 20, 2014 | UTC 4.124

4:00 PM

A personal account of how a painter's life-long engagement with Jean-Jacques Rousseau's attack on the arts, found in his Letter to D'Alembert on the Theater, actually ended up helping the artist believe more strongly in art. 

Laurie Fendrich, an abstract painter who lives and works in New York, is Professor Emerita of Fine Arts and Art History at Hofstra University. Her paintings and drawings were the subject of a twenty-year retrospective, accompanied by a 96-page catalog, Sense and Sensation, at the Ruth Chandler Williamson Art Gallery at Scripps College in Claremont, CA, in 2010. Her work has been reviewed in such publications as The New York Times, Artforum, Artnews, Art in America, ARTS Magazine, The New York Sun, The New York Observer and Partisan Magazine. The author of several essays on the role of art and artists in society, her reflections on a wide range of cultural issues appear regularly in The Chronicle Review of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Surviving Rousseau

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