Aisthesis: Scenes from the Aesthetic Regime of Art

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Verso Books, Jun 4, 2013 - Art - 272 pages

Rancière’s magnum opus on the aesthetic

Aisthesis is Jacques Rancière’s long-awaited, definitive statement on aesthetics, art and modernity. The book comprises a string of dramatic and evocative locales, each embodying specific artistic tendencies and together spanning the modern era—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, and 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 distinctions between the different arts along with the borders separating them from ordinary experience.

This incisive study provides a history of artistic modernity far removed from conventional understandings of modernism.

 

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Contents

The Little Gods of the Street MunichBerlin 1828
21
3
39
Boston 1841New York 1855
55
The Gymnasts of the Impossible Paris 1879
75
The Dance of Light Paris Folies Bergere 1893
93
The Immobile Theatre Paris 189495
111
Temple House Factory
133
Master of Surfaces Paris 1902
155
10
171
11
191
Hale County 1936New York 1941
245
Index
263
171
269
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Jacques Rancière 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, The Nights of Labor, Staging the People, and The Emancipated Spectator.

Zakir Paul is a doctoral candidate in comparative literature at Princeton University. He most recently translated a collection of Blanchot's political writings.

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