Radical History and the Politics of Art by Gabriel RockhillRadical History and the Politics of Art by Gabriel Rockhill

Radical History and the Politics of Art

byGabriel Rockhill

Paperback | July 15, 2014

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Gabriel Rockhill opens new space for rethinking the relationship between art and politics. Rather than understanding the two spheres as separated by an insurmountable divide or linked by a privileged bridge, Rockhill demonstrates that art and politics are not fixed entities with a singular relation but rather dynamically negotiated, sociohistorical practices with shifting and imprecise borders.

Radical History and the Politics of Art proposes a significant departure from extant debates on what is commonly called "art" and "politics," and the result is an impressive foray into the force field of history, in which cultural practices are meticulously analyzed in their social and temporal dynamism without assuming a conceptual unity behind them. Rockhill thereby develops an alternative logic of history and historical change, as well as a novel account of social practices and a multidimensional theory of agency. Engaging with a diverse array of intellectual, artistic, and political constellations, this tour de force diligently maps the various interactions between different dimensions of aesthetic and political practices as they intertwine and sometimes merge in precise fields of struggle.
Gabriel Rockhill is associate professor of philosophy at Villanova University, Directeur de programme at the Collège International de Philosophie, and director of the Critical Theory Workshop in Paris, France. He is the author of Logique de l'histoire: pour une analytique des pratiques philosophiques and coeditor and contributor to Pol...
Title:Radical History and the Politics of ArtFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pagesPublished:July 15, 2014Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231152019

ISBN - 13:9780231152013

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Art and Politics in the Time of Radical History
Part I. Historical Encounters Between Art and Politics
1. For a Radical Historicist Analytic of Aesthetic and Political Practices
2. Realism, Formalism, Commitment: Three Historic Positions on Art and Politics
Part II. Visions of the Avant-Garde
3. The Theoretical Destiny of the Avant-Garde
4. Toward a Reconsideration of Avant-Garde Practices
Part III. The Politics of Aesthetics
5. The Silent Revolution: Rancière's Rethinking of Aesthetics and Politics
6. Productive Contradictions: From Rancière's Politics of Aesthetics to the Social Politicity of the Arts
Part IV. The Social Politicity of Aesthetic Practices
7. The Politicity of 'Apolitical' Art: A Pragmatic Intervention Into the Art of the Cold War
8. Rethinking the Politics of Aesthetic Practices: Advancing the Critique of the Ontological Illusion and the Talisman Complex
Conclusion: Radical Art and Politics-No End in Sight

Editorial Reviews

An engagingly written book that is full of insight, and which judiciously and forcefully combines readings of some of the most cited critics on art and politics in the twentieth century. As such, it makes a new, demanding inquiry into the appropriate methodology for rethinking politicized aesthetic practices.