It is the fate of major thinkers to have their ephemera picked over once they are dead, and Jean-François Lyotard has proved no exception, hence the undertaking by Leuven University Press to devote volume 4 of their 6-volume series of Lyotard’s Writings on Contemporary Art and Artists to such material. Volume 4 consists of two separate books of miscellaneous texts on aesthetics/art theory and contemporary artists respectively, containing forty-eight pieces in all (nine in I, thirty-nine in II). These are in the main either previously unpublished or untranslated, and come in the form of seminar papers, conference papers, and interviews, etc., simultaneously in French and English (along with a few extracts from Lyotard’s existing books on art). It is always the hope...

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