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Subversion and Subsidy: Contemporary Art and Aesthetics (French List)

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Art today is in deep crisis. Criticism seems to have abandoned any notion of evaluation, the public has been denied the possibility of understanding, and aesthetics have lost all legitimacy. Formerly, artists claimed their right to decide for themselves what counted as a work of art, thanks to the subversion of the established criteria of aesthetic judgment. But that very subversion is today the object of subsidy and support by museums and galleries, anxious to display their liberalism. A new and ambiguous game of complicity and antagonism has united artists and institutions.

Yet, however much the alliance of subversion and subsidy aims to exclude it, aesthetic judgment remains a necessity. Whatever the nature of a work of art, it can only be one if the artistic quality it claims for itself can be justified and shared. As symbol it cannot be reduced to a symptom; as an object of judgment it cannot depend on simple individual preferences. Thus it is now urgent to find aesthetic arguments that pay proper attention to the internal logic of artworks, arguments that are rigorous without claiming absolute truth.

About the Author

Rainer Rochlitz (1946–2002) was a philosopher, esthetician and translator.

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction

PART ONE: SITUATION

1. The conquestand abandonment of aesthetic sovereignty

Fractures in the logic of Modernism

Stages on the road to autonomy

Sovereignty and inner heteronomy

2. Criticism´s dereliction of duty

Criticism, aesthetics, history of art

The collapse of judgment

Towards an aesthetic logic

PART TWO: ARGUMENT

3. Aesthetic rationality

Between magic and reason

Rationality and sovereignty

The limits of aesthetic rationality

4. Symbol and symptom

The symbolic intelligibility of singular experience

Confusions

Interferences

5. Judgments and preferences

Aesthetic pragmatics

Aesthetic judgment and idiosyncratic judgment

The question of criteria

6 Aesthetic criteria

Criteria of exclusion

Criteria of excellence

PART THREE: POLITICS

7. Institutions

A hegemonic taste

Generalised suspicion

Consequences of the institutional turn

8. Political strategies

The public character of art and the question of political engagement

Aesthetic principles and political implications

The Sixties turn

Conclusion

The demands of the medium and their reward

 

Product Details

ISBN:
9781905422715
Author:
Rochlitz, Rainer
Publisher:
Seagull Books
Translator:
Roberts, Dafydd
Author:
Rochlitz, Rainer
Author:
Roberts, Dafydd
Subject:
Criticism
Subject:
Aesthetics
Subject:
Criticism -- Theory.
Subject:
Art, Modern -- 20th century.
Subject:
Aesthetics, Modern -- 20th century.
Subject:
Philosophy-Aesthetics
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
SB-The French List
Publication Date:
20090131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
7.50x6.00x1.00 in. .65 lbs.

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Art » Theory and Criticism
Humanities » Philosophy » Aesthetics
Humanities » Philosophy » General

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