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Art Power

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ISBN-10: 0262072920

ISBN-13: 9780262072922

Edition: 2008

Authors: Boris Groys

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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 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; the official and unofficial art of the former Soviet Union and other former Socialist states, for example, is largely excluded from the field of institutionally recognized art, usually on moral grounds (although, Groys points out, criticism of the morality of the market never leads to calls for a similar exclusion of art produced under market conditions). 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 to the norms of ideological propaganda: produced and exhibited for the masses at international exhibitions, biennials, and festivals. Modern 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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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 2/8/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 224
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Introduction
The Logic of Equal Aesthetic Rights
On the New
On the Curatorship
Art in the Age of Biopolitics
From Artwork to Art Documentation
Iconoclasm as an Artistic Device
Iconoclastic Strategies in Film
From Image to Image File--and Back
Art in the Age of Digitalization
Multiple Authorship
The City in the Age of Touristic Reproduction
Critical Reflections
Art at War
The Hero's Body
Adolf Hitler's Art Theory
Educating the Masses
Socialist Realist Art
Beyond Diversity
Cultural Studies and Its Post-Communist Other
Privatizations, or Artificial Paradises of Post-Communism
Europe and Its Others
Notes
Sources