Aisthesis: Scenes from the Aesthetic Regime of Art

Aisthesis: Scenes from the Aesthetic Regime of Art

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by Jacques Ranciere
     
 

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Rancière’s magnum opus on the aesthetic

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Publishers Weekly
Eminent French philosopher Ranciere (The Politics of Aesthetics) focuses on various regimes of art, from 1764 to 1941, brought about by realignments in the cultural conception of what, precisely, qualifies as art. Besides highlighting a pattern of alteration within the artistic landscape, he concentrates on the contention between aesthetics and politics. While emphasis remains on the overarching system of change, individual artistic spectacles—from the Belvedere Torso sculpture to renowned acrobats, the Hanlon-Lees Brothers—are cited in extensive detail. Unveiled via passages from critics or other commentators, the individual works of art, events in art, and artists are examined by Ranciere alongside the commentary each inspired. For instance, he contextualizes both sculptor Auguste Rodin and Rodin enthusiast Ranier Maria Rilke within a regime which "gives the fragment...the value of the whole." The book persistently reveals reversals, upheavals, and rebirths in widespread perceptions of art, along with how and why these become displaced. While Ranciere does not take for granted his readers' intimate knowledge of the works discussed, he moves with swiftness and familiarity through dense historical settings, and those who already possesses a working knowledge of art theory and history will most readily absorb his astute observations. (June)
Le Monde
“Far from the grand narratives of modernism that claim the language of art progresses in the search for purity … modernity breaks down the hierarchy between spheres of culture, disturbing the boundaries between art and life … [Rancière] analyzes a series of moments from this other history that could only be written in proliferating fragments … this aesthetic ‘regime’ conditions the forms of art and democracy in an era of the permanent emergence of new sovereign subjects.”
Libération
“Jacques Rancière’s Aisthesis transforms the field of aesthetic philosophy.”
Liam Gillick
“In the face of impossible attempts to proceed with progressive ideas within the terms of postmodernist discourse, Rancière shows a way out of the malaise.”
Thomas Hirschhorn
“It’s clear that Jacques Rancière is relighting the flame that was extinguished for many—that is why he serves as such a signal reference today.”
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“Jacques Rancière’s Aisthesis transforms the field of aesthetic philosophy.”—Libération

“French philosopher Jacques Rancière is a refreshing read for anyone concerned with what art has to do with politics and society.”—Art Review

“In the face of impossible attempts to proceed with progressive ideas within the terms of postmodernist discourse, Rancière shows a way out of the malaise.”—Liam Gillick

“It’s clear that Jacques Rancière is relighting the flame that was extinguished for many—that is why he serves as such a signal reference today.”—Thomas Hirschhorn

“Far from the grand narratives of modernism that claim the language of art progresses in the search for purity ... modernity breaks down the hierarchy between spheres of culture, disturbing the boundaries between art and life ... [Rancière] analyzes a series of moments from this other history that could only be written in proliferating fragments ... this aesthetic ‘regime’ conditions the forms of art and democracy in an era of the permanent emergence of new sovereign subjects.”—Le Monde

“Since The Division of the Sensible ... Rancière has been reminding those who would separate the wheat from the chaff in contemporary creative practices that art only exists as an unstable boundary that must be continually crossed. In Aisthesis the philosopher develops his thinking, drawing fifteen scenes of a counter-history of artistic modernity.”—Le Magazine Littéraire

Le Magazine Littéraire
“Since The Division of the Sensible … Rancière has been reminding those who would separate the wheat from the chaff in contemporary creative practices that art only exists as an unstable boundary that must be continually crossed. In Aisthesis the philosopher develops his thinking, drawing fifteen scenes of a counter-history of artistic modernity.”
Liberation
“Jacques Rancière’s Aisthesis transforms the field of aesthetic philosophy.”
Le Magazine Litteraire
“Since The Division of the Sensible … Rancière has been reminding those who would separate the wheat from the chaff in contemporary creative practices that art only exists as an unstable boundary that must be continually crossed. In Aisthesis the philosopher develops his thinking, drawing fifteen scenes of a counter-history of artistic modernity.”
Art Review
“French philosopher Jacques Rancière is a refreshing read for anyone concerned with what art has to do with politics and society.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781781680896
Publisher:
Verso Books
Publication date:
06/04/2013
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
904,283
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

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Thomas Hirschhorn
It’s clear that Jacques Rancière is relighting the flame that was extinguished for many—that is why he serves as such a signal reference today.
Liam Gillick
In the face of impossible attempts to proceed with progressive ideas within the terms of postmodernist discourse, Rancière shows a way out of the malaise.

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