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KLAUS OTTMANN is Deputy Director for Curatorial and Academic Affairs at The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. He has written numerous essays on art, design, and philosophy, and is the author of THE ESSENTIAL MICHELANGELO; THE ESSENTIAL MARK ROTHKO; WOLFGANG LAIB: A RETROSPECTIVE; JAMES LEE BYARS: LIFE, LOVE, AND DEATH; YVES KLEIN BY HIMSELF: HIS LIFE AND THOUGHT; and HIROSHI SUGIMOTO: CONCEPTUAL FORMS AND MATHEMATICAL MODELS.
Thought Through My Eyes THOUGHT THROUGH MY EYES
Writings on Art, 1977–2005

Paperback original, $22 USD
344 pages
ISBN: 978-0-88214-578-5

SUBJECT: Art/Art Criticism

“A thoughtful, serious-minded and insightfully contemplative distillation.”
– WISCONSIN BOOKWATCH (September 2006)
  The Genius Decision THE GENIUS DECISION
The Extraordinary and the Postmodern Condition

Paperback original, $22 USD
216 pages
Second, revised and enlarged edition
ISBN: 978-0-88214-592-1

Kindle/iBooks edition, $9.99 USD
eISBN: 978-0-88214-037-7

SUBJECT: Philosophy/Art

THE GENIUS DECISION is not an attempt at explaining or predicting genius. Nor is its goal to construct a concept or the concept of genius. Rather, the following should be considered as a horizon of conceptual events that constitute an philosophy of desire within the ethical-aesthetical writings of seven of Western philosophy’s most influential thinkers: Spinoza, Schelling, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Peirce, Wittgenstein, and Heidegger. This postmodern reevaluation of genius suggests that while there is no essentialist quality of genius, the postmodern artist can reach the Extraordinary by way of an active-passive Genius Decision, which is engaged in an activity of failure in its desire to represent the Nonrepresentable.

“Ottmann convincingly argues, genius is simply not an innate essential quality. It involves action, risk and failure.”
— LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR, Jan. 23, 200
  Color Symbolism COLOR SYMBOLISM
The Eranos Lectures
Edited by KLAUS OTTMANN

Paperback original, $26 USD
336 pages, second edition
ISBN: 978-0-88214-554-9

SUBJECT: Art/Symbolism

This revised and expanded edition includes, for the first time in English translation, Gershom Scholem’s paper on “Colors and their Symbolism in Jewish Tradition and Mysticism” and Henry Corbin’s paper on “The Realism and Symbolism of Colors in Shiite Cosmology.”
  Alchemy and Kabbalah ALCHEMY AND KABBALAH
by GERSHOM SCHOLEM

Translated by KLAUS OTTMANN

Paperback original, $20 USD
112 pages
ISBN: 978-0-88214-566-2

Kindle/iBooks edition, $9.99 USD
eISBN: 978-0-88214-599-0

SUBJECT: Jewish Studies/Religion
  Schelling PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION
by F. W. J. SCHELLING

Translated, with an introduction, by KLAUS OTTMANN

Paperback original, $20 USD
112 pages
ISBN: 978-0-88214-593-8

Kindle/iBooks edition, $9.99
eISBN: 978-0-88214-591-4

SUBJECT: Philosophy/Religion