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Title:
Aesthetic revolutions and twentieth-century avant-garde movements
Author:
Erjavec, Aleš.
ISBN:
9780822358619

9780822358725

9780822375661
Physical Description:
xvi, 322 pages : illustrations.
Contents:
Politics as the art of the impossible: the heteronomy of Italian futurist art-action / Sascha Bru -- 5x5 = 25? The science of constructivism / John E. Bowlt -- Convulsive beauty: surrealism as aesthetic revolution / Raymond Spiteri -- Aesthetic avant-gardes and revolutionary movements from modern Latin America / David Craven -- All along the watchtower: aesthetic revolution in the United States during the 1960s / Tyrus Miller -- From unitary urbanism to the society of the spectacle: the situationist aesthetic revolution / Raymond Spiteri -- NSK: critical phenomenology of the state / Mis̆ko S̆uvaković -- Avant-gardes, revolutions, and aesthetics.
Abstract:
This collection categorizes aesthetic avant-garde art as art that seeks to politically transform society and argues that such art is essential for political revolution. It provides seven in-depth analyses of twentieth-century aesthetic avant-garde art movements and examines them in relation to revolutionary politics.
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This collection examines key aesthetic avant-garde art movements of the twentieth century and their relationships with revolutionary politics. The contributors distinguish aesthetic avant-gardes --whose artists aim to transform society and the ways of sensing the world through political means--from the artistic avant-gardes, which focus on transforming representation. Following the work of philosophers such as Friedrich Schiller and Jacques Rancière, the contributors argue that the aesthetic is inherently political and that aesthetic avant-garde art is essential for political revolution. In addition to analyzing Russian constructivsm, surrealism, and Situationist International, the contributors examine Italian futurism's model of integrating art with politics and life, the murals of revolutionary Mexico and Nicaragua, 1960s American art, and the Slovenian art collective NSK's construction of a fictional political state in the 1990s. Aesthetic Revolutions and Twentieth-Century Avant-Garde Movements traces the common foundations and goals shared by these disparate arts communities and shows how their art worked towards effecting political and social change.

Contributors. John E. Bowlt, Sascha Bru, David Craven, Ales Erjavec, Tyrus Miller, Raymond Spiteri, Misko Suvakovic