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    DescriptionNine letters on art, written to friends from exile in France in the 1980s. Starting from earlier materialist approaches to art, Negri relates artistic production to the structures of social production characteristic of each historical era. This enables him to define the nature of both material and artistic production in the era of post-modernity and post-Fordism - the era Negri characterizes as that of immaterial labour. Negri then seeks to define artistic beauty in this new era, and this he does in terms of concepts that have become fundamental to his thinking - singularity, multitude, abstraction, collective work, event, the biopolitical, the common. Art is living labour, and therefore invention of singularity, of singular figures and objects. But this expressive act only achieves beauty when the signs and language through which it expresses itself turn themselves into community, when they are contained within a common project. The beautiful is not the act of imagining, but an imagination that has become action. Art, in this sense, is multitude.


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    Title
    Art and Multitude
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Antonio Negri
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 124 mm
    Height: 197 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 240 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780745648996
    ISBN 10: 0745648991
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: PHI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S2.1
    B&T Book Type: NF
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    LC subject heading:
    B&T General Subject: 610
    Ingram Subject Code: PH
    Libri: I-PH
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    BISAC V2.8: PHI001000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15220
    BIC subject category V2: HPN
    DC22: 111.85, 111/.85
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: BH39 .N37513 2011
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    Thema V1.0: QDTN
    Publisher
    Polity Press
    Imprint name
    Polity Press
    Publication date
    19 April 2011
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Author Information
    Antonio Negri was Formerly Professor of State Theory at the University of Padua.
    Back cover copy
    Nine letters on art, written to friends from exile in France in the 1980s. Starting from earlier materialist approaches to art, Negri relates artistic production to the structures of social production characteristic of each historical era. This enables him to define the nature of both material and artistic production in the era of post-modernity and post-Fordism - the era Negri characterizes as that of immaterial labour.Negri then seeks to define artistic beauty in this new era, and this he does in terms of concepts that have become fundamental to his thinking - singularity, multitude, abstraction, collective work, event, the biopolitical, the common. Art is living labour, and therefore invention of singularity, of singular figures and objects. But this expressive act only achieves beauty when the signs and language through which it expresses itself turn themselves into community, when they are contained within a common project. The beautiful is not the act of imagining, but an imagination that has become action. Art, in this sense, is multitude.
    Table of contents
    Editor's Note Author's Introduction Letter to Gianmarco on the abstract Letter to Carlo on the postmodern Letter to Giorgio on the sublime Letter to Manfredo on collective work Letter to Massimo on beauty Letter to Nanni on constructing Letter to Silvano on the event Letter to Raul on the body Letter to Marie-Magdeleine on the biopolitical Metamorphoses: Art and immaterial labour