Subversion and Subsidy: Contemporary Art and Aesthetics

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781905422708
  • Publisher: Seagull Books
  • Publication date: 1/6/2009
  • Series: SB-The French List Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

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

 

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