September - June 2001
Gary Shapiro is Tucker-Boatwright Professor in the Humanities and professor of philosophy at the University of Richmond. He is an aesthetician of wide and diverse accomplishment, having published widely on aesthetic questions and prospects in the work of Michel Foucault, Friedrich Nietzsche, Rene Magritte, and Robert Smithson, among others. At the Clark, Shapiro begins work on a new book project, tentatively titled The Absent Image: Possibilities and Limits of Ekphrasis. The Absent Image aims to contribute a philosophical and historical study of some crucial moments in the complex interplay between words and images in the tradition of Western art.