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A Hunger for Aesthetics: Enacting the Demands of Art

Michael Kelly


This book examines the motivations for the critiques that have been applied to the idea of aesthetics and argues that theorists and artists now hunger for a new kind of aesthetics, one better calibrated to contemporary art and its moral and political demands. The book shows how, for decades, aesthetic critiques have often concerned art's treatment of beauty or the autonomy of art. Collectively, these critiques have generated an anti-aesthetic stance that is now prevalent in the contemporary art world. The book considers the aesthetics of Susan Sontag in greater detail. It details how in On Pho ... More

Keywords: aesthetics, contemporary art, Susan Sontag, ethics, politics, anti-aesthetic stance, Gerhard Richter, Doris Salcedo

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780231152921
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231152921.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Kelly, author

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