Radical History and the Politics of Art

Radical History and the Politics of Art

by Gabriel Rockhill

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Gabriel Rockhill opens new space for rethinking the relationship between art and politics. Rather than understanding the two spheres as separated by an insurmountable divide or linked by a privileged bridge, Rockhill demonstrates that art and politics are not fixed entities with a singular relation but rather dynamically negotiated, sociohistorical practices with shifting and imprecise borders.

Radical History and the Politics of Art proposes a significant departure from extant debates on what is commonly called "art" and "politics," and the result is an impressive foray into the force field of history, in which cultural practices are meticulously analyzed in their social and temporal dynamism without assuming a conceptual unity behind them. Rockhill thereby develops an alternative logic of history and historical change, as well as a novel account of social practices and a multidimensional theory of agency. Engaging with a diverse array of intellectual, artistic, and political constellations, this tour de force diligently maps the various interactions between different dimensions of aesthetic and political practices as they intertwine and sometimes merge in precise fields of struggle.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231527781
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 07/15/2014
Series: New Directions in Critical Theory
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
File size: 17 MB
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About the Author

Gabriel Rockhill is associate professor of philosophy at Villanova University, Directeur de programme at the Collège International de Philosophie, and director of the Critical Theory Workshop in Paris, France. He is the author of Logique de l'histoire: pour une analytique des pratiques philosophiques and coeditor and contributor to Politics of Culture and the Spirit of Critique: Dialogues, Jacques Rancière: History, Politics, Aesthetics, and Technologies de contrôle dans la mondialisation: enjeux politiques, éthiques et esthétiques.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Art and Politics in the Time of Radical History
Part I. Historical Encounters Between Art and Politics
1. For a Radical Historicist Analytic of Aesthetic and Political Practices
2. Realism, Formalism, Commitment: Three Historic Positions on Art and Politics
Part II. Visions of the Avant-Garde
3. The Theoretical Destiny of the Avant-Garde
4. Toward a Reconsideration of Avant-Garde Practices
Part III. The Politics of Aesthetics
5. The Silent Revolution: Rancière's Rethinking of Aesthetics and Politics
6. Productive Contradictions: From Rancière's Politics of Aesthetics to the Social Politicity of the Arts
Part IV. The Social Politicity of Aesthetic Practices
7. The Politicity of 'Apolitical' Art: A Pragmatic Intervention Into the Art of the Cold War
8. Rethinking the Politics of Aesthetic Practices: Advancing the Critique of the Ontological Illusion and the Talisman Complex
Conclusion: Radical Art and Politics—No End in Sight

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