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Beyond the Aesthetic and the Anti-Aesthetic

Edited by James Elkins and Harper Montgomery
  • Copyright: 2013
  • Dimensions: 7 x 10
  • Page Count: 248 pages
  • Illustrations: 2 illustrations
  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-271-06072-9
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-271-06073-6
  • Series Name: The Stone Art Theory Institutes

Each of the five volumes in the Stone Art Theory Institutes series—and the seminars on which they are based—brings together a range of scholars who are not always directly familiar with one another’s work. The outcome of each of these convergences is an extensive and “unpredictable conversation” on knotty and provocative issues about art. This fourth volume in the series, Beyond the Aesthetic and the Anti-Aesthetic, focuses on questions revolving around the concepts of the aesthetic, the anti-aesthetic, and the political. The book is about the fact that now, almost thirty years after Hal Foster defined the anti-aesthetic, there is still no viable alternative to the dichotomy between aesthetics and anti- or nonaesthetic art. The impasse is made more difficult by the proliferation of identity politics, and it is made less negotiable by the hegemony of anti-aesthetics in academic discourse on art. The central question of this book is whether artists and academicians are free of this choice in practice, in pedagogy, and in theory.

The contributors are Stéphanie Benzaquen, J. M. Bernstein, Karen Busk-Jepsen, Luis Camnitzer, Diarmuid Costello, Joana Cunha Leal, Angela Dimitrakaki, Alexander Dumbadze, T. Brandon Evans, Geng Youzhuang, Boris Groys, Beáta Hock, Gordon Hughes, Michael Kelly, Grant Kester, Meredith Kooi, Cary Levine, Sunil Manghani, William Mazzarella, Justin McKeown, Andrew McNamara, Eve Meltzer, Nadja Millner-Larsen, Maria Filomena Molder, Carrie Noland, Gary Peters, Aaron Richmond, Lauren Ross, Toni Ross, Eva Schürmann, Gregory Sholette, Noah Simblist, Jon Simons, Robert Storr, Martin Sundberg, Timotheus Vermeulen, and Rebecca Zorach.

James Elkins is E. C. Chadbourne Professor in the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He coedited the first two volumes in the series, Art and Globalization (Penn State, 2010) and What Is an Image? (Penn State, 2011), and edited the third, What Do Artists Know? (Penn State, 2012).

Harper Montgomery is the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Professor of Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art and Distinguished Lecturer at Hunter College.

Contents

Series Preface

Introduction, James Elkins

The Seminars

1 Introductory Seminar

2 The Anti-Aesthetic in the 1980s: Craig Owens’s “The Allegorical Impulse”

3 The Anti-Aesthetic in the 1990s: The Body

4 Theory and Criticism

5 Theoretical Positions: Critical Theory

6 Theoretical Positions: Rancière, Deleuze, Relational Aesthetics

7 Theoretical Positions: Affect Theory in Art History

8 Theoretical Positions: Affect Theory at Large

9 Things Missing from This Book

Assessments

Preface, Harper Montgomery

Grant Kester

Alexander Dumbadze

Geng Youzhuang

Cary Levine

Boris Groys

Gregory Sholette

Eva Schürmann

Maria Filomena Molder

Gary Peters

Andrew McNamara

Gordon Hughes

Toni Ross

Justin McKeown

Timotheus Vermeulen

Noah Simblist

Rebecca Zorach

Carrie Noland

Robert Storr

William Mazzarella

Luis Camnitzer

Jon Simons

Angela Dimitrikaki

Afterword, Gretchen Bakke

Notes on the Contributors

Index

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