Confronting Images: Questioning the Ends of a Certain History of Art

According to Didi-Huberman, visual representation has an "underside" in which intelligible forms lose clarity and defy rational understanding. Art historians, he contends, fail to engage this underside, He suggests that art historians look to Freud's concept of the "dreamwork", a mobile process that often involves substitution and contradiction.

"Art history, Didi-Huberman argues, has had to 'kill' the symptomatic image, deny its violence and its 'dissembling,' in order to preserve its true object, art. Confronting Images is arguably the most important book-length analysis of the conceptual foundations of the discipline, and critique of the discipline, in any language." – Christopher Wood, Yale University"