New York

Claudia Hart

Pat Hearn Gallery

Claudia Hart takes Jean-Jacques Rousseau, historian, playwright, social critic, and Romantic par excellence, as the subject matter for her show. Three separate titles: “Brief Lives, Part 1” “Chance and Circumstance/1” and “The Contingency of Selfhood,” explicitly open the cultural Pandora’s box of Romanticism. Intended as the first in a series of exhibits dealing with the topic, this show opens up the dialogue surrounding the theoretical foundations on which both contemporary and historical art are based. Romanticism, as a response to the post-Cartesian disjunction of a free moral mind, and a nonfree body, subject to the deterministic rules of science, celebrated art as a revealer of truth. Opposed to the restrictive analytical reason associated with the Enlightenment, Romantic thinkers and artists sought refuge in the unifying force of intuitive perception. Hart’s exhibition draws attention

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