The Dialectic of Decadence examines art's dialectic between advance and decline, reason and desire, artificial wholeness and decadent disintegration.
Chicago Artists NewsIt can be read in several hours. It can be studied for several more. And it can be thought about for days on end. Overall, The Dialectic of Decadence shines a bright light on the fragmented state of art. Kuspit is especially passionate and learned in lamenting how artists and critics use "decadence" to widen the divisions in art, which should be a harmony of heart and mind.
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