Art Power

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MIT Press, 2008. febr. 8. - 200 oldal
A new book by Boris Groys acknowledges the problem and potential of art's complex relationship to power.

Art has its own power in the world, and is as much a force in the power play of global politics today as it once was in the arena of cold war politics. Art, argues the distinguished theoretician Boris Groys, is hardly a powerless commodity subject to the art market's fiats of inclusion and exclusion. In Art Power, Groys examines modern and contemporary art according to its ideological function. Art, Groys writes, is produced and brought before the public in two ways—as a commodity and as a tool of political propaganda. In the contemporary art scene, very little attention is paid to the latter function.

Arguing for the inclusion of politically motivated art in contemporary art discourse, Groys considers art produced under totalitarianism, Socialism, and post-Communism. He also considers today's mainstream Western art—which he finds behaving more and more according the norms of ideological propaganda: produced and exhibited for the masses at international exhibitions, biennials, and festivals. Contemporary art, Groys argues, demonstrates its power by appropriating the iconoclastic gestures directed against itself—by positioning itself simultaneously as an image and as a critique of the image. In Art Power, Groys examines this fundamental appropriation that produces the paradoxical object of the modern artwork.

 

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The Logic of Equal Aesthetic Rights
12
On the New
22
On the Curatorship
42
From Artwork to Art Documentation
52
Iconoclastic Strategies in Film
66
Art in the Age of Digitalization
82
Multiple Authorship
92
The City in the Age of Touristic Reproduction
100
Art at War
120
Adolf Hitlers Art Theory
130
Socialist Realist Art
140
Cultural Studies and Its PostCommunist Other
148
Privatizations or Artificial Paradises of PostCommunism
164
Europe and Its Others
172
Notes
182
Sources
188

Critical Reflections
110

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Boris Groys is an art critic, media theorist, and philosopher. He is Global Distinguished Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies at New York University and Professor of Philosophy at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. He is the author of Art Power, History Becomes Form: Moscow Conceptualism (both published by the MIT Press), and other books.

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