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Aisthesis : Scenes from the Aesthetic Regime of Art

By (author) Jacques Ranciere , Translated by Zakir Paul

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Composed in a series of scenes, Aisthesis - Rancière's definitive statement on the aesthetic - takes its reader from Dresden in 1764 to New York in 1941. Along the way, we view the Belvedere Torso with Winckelmann, accompany Hegel to the museum and Mallarmé to the Folies-Bergère, attend a lecture by Emerson, visit exhibitions in Paris and New York, factories in Berlin, and film sets in Moscow and Hollywood. Rancière uses these sites and events - some famous, others forgotten - to ask what becomes art and what comes of it. He shows how a regime of artistic perception and interpretation was constituted and transformed by erasing the specificities of the different arts, as well as the borders that separated them from ordinary experience. This incisive study provides a history of artistic modernity far removed from the conventional postures of modernism.

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  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 154.94 x 236.22 x 30.48mm | 589.67g
  • 04 Jun 2013
  • Verso Books
  • London
  • English
  • 1781680892
  • 9781781680896
  • 72,995

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JACQUES RANCIERE is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris-VIII. His books include The Politics of Aesthetics, On the Shores of Politics, Short Voyages to the Land of the People, Proletarian Nights, Staging the People and The Emancipated Spectator.

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""Jacques Rancière's Aisthesis transforms the field of aesthetic philosophy." Libération "French philosopher Jacques Rancière is a refreshing read for anyone concerned with what art has to do with politics and society." Art Review "In the face of impossible attempts to proceed with progressive ideas within the terms of postmodernist discourse, Rancière shows a way out of the malaise." Liam Gillick "It's clear that Jacques Rancière is relighting the flame that was extinguished for many - that is why he serves as such a signal reference today." Thomas Hirschhorn"

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