44: Aisthesis

When the art-historical case studies are this impressively fine-grained, wide-ranging and surprising, does it matter that much if the overarching aesthetic-theoretical argument is pretty unconvincing? Is it possible to recover and update the utopian aspirations of aesthetic modernism without sounding silly?

The Sometime Seminar discusses Aisthesis: Scenes from the Aesthetic Regime of Art (French 2011/English 2013) by Jacques Rancière.

Supplemental links: Hal Foster’s critical review in the LRB; Nicolas Vieillescazes in Radical Philosophy

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