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The role of the artist's gesture in the perception of art and artistic style

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The perception of art is a complex and multi-layered phenomenon. One obvious aspect in perceiving and appreciating a work of art is the recognition of its representational content, either figurative or non- figurative. A second and no less important aspect is the assessment of its graphic or plastic qualities. Assessing these qualities is part of our understanding of the process in which the work has been produced. Many artists testify that this process is not primarily an activity carried out by the mind, but rather “[...] a bodily activity, one that is an expression of the lived-body’s way of being in the world.” (Wentworth, 2004: 15) The perception and appreciation of works of art therefore involves the understanding of its coming into being on the basis of the artist’s gestures. In this contribution, these two related ideas are elaborated on the basis of a number of phenomenological insights. First, the Husserlian idea that in the perception of cultural objects their coming into being is appresented, and second the idea that in the art of drawing, this is a matter of appresentation of the draftsman bodily gestures.
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gesture, drawing, appresentation, art, empathy, Husserl

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De Preester, Helena. 2011. “The Role of the Artist’s Gesture in the Perception of Art and Artistic Style.” In Art & Science, Proceedings of a Special Focus Symposium on Art and Science, ed. GE Lasker, H Schinzel, Karel Boullart, Helena De Preester, and Jerry Galle, 9:15–19. Tecumseh, Canada: The International Institute for Advanced Studies in Systems Research and Cybernetics (IIAS).
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De Preester, H. (2011). The role of the artist’s gesture in the perception of art and artistic style. In GE Lasker, H. Schinzel, K. Boullart, H. De Preester, & J. Galle (Eds.), Art & Science, Proceedings of a Special Focus Symposium on Art and Science (Vol. 9, pp. 15–19). Presented at the 23rd International conference on systems research, informatics and cybernetics, Tecumseh, Canada: The International Institute for Advanced Studies in Systems Research and Cybernetics (IIAS).
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De Preester H. The role of the artist’s gesture in the perception of art and artistic style. In: Lasker G, Schinzel H, Boullart K, De Preester H, Galle J, editors. Art & Science, Proceedings of a Special Focus Symposium on Art and Science. Tecumseh, Canada: The International Institute for Advanced Studies in Systems Research and Cybernetics (IIAS); 2011. p. 15–9.
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De Preester, Helena. “The Role of the Artist’s Gesture in the Perception of Art and Artistic Style.” Art & Science, Proceedings of a Special Focus Symposium on Art and Science. Ed. GE Lasker et al. Vol. 9. Tecumseh, Canada: The International Institute for Advanced Studies in Systems Research and Cybernetics (IIAS), 2011. 15–19. Print.
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  author       = {De Preester, Helena},
  booktitle    = {Art \& Science, Proceedings of a Special Focus Symposium on Art and Science},
  editor       = {Lasker, GE and Schinzel, H and Boullart, Karel and De Preester, Helena and Galle, Jerry},
  isbn         = {9781897233559},
  keyword      = {gesture,drawing,appresentation,art,empathy,Husserl},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Baden-Baden, Germany},
  pages        = {15--19},
  publisher    = {The International Institute for Advanced Studies in Systems Research and Cybernetics (IIAS)},
  title        = {The role of the artist's gesture in the perception of art and artistic style},
  volume       = {9},
  year         = {2011},
}