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Walter Pichler : the modern Prometheus

McGill University
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  • Pichler
  • Walter
  • 1936-
  • Sculpture
  • Austrian -- 20Th Century
  • Ritual In Art
  • Design
  • Philosophy


Indirectly guided by Pichler's work, this thesis is an exploration of the contemporary status of the work of art. An investigation into the myth of Prometheus reveals that art and ritual share the same origin. Further inquiries into early Greek sculpture, as well as the concepts of techne and mimesis, expand this origin into the relationship between the art object and the viewer, shifting the customary focus away from the resemblance between the model and the copy. In this space of looking , art no longer presents itself as an aestheticized object---presence and absence, the visible and the invisible, recognition and anamnesis come into play as possible ways of participation in the work of art.

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