Aisthesis: Scenes from the Aesthetic Regime of Art

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Verso Books, Jun 4, 2013 - Philosophy - 304 pages
The definitive statement on aesthetics and the history of modernism from one of France's most renowned philosophers. Composed of a series of scenes that defined modernism, Aisthesis 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 Mallarm to the Folies-Bergre, attend a lecture by Emerson, visit exhibitions in Paris and New York, factories in Berlin, and film sets in Moscow and Hollywood. Rancire uses these sites and events to ask what becomes art and what comes from it. This incisive study provides a history of artistic modernity far removed from the conventional postures of modernism.


Divided Beauty Dresden 1764
The Little Gods of the Street MunichBerlin 1828
Plebeian Heaven Paris 1830
The Poet of the New World Boston 1841New York 1855
The Gymnasts of the Impossible Paris 1879
The Dance of Light Paris Folies Bergère 1893
Master of Surfaces Paris 1902
The Temple Staircase MoscowDresden 1912
The Machine and Its Shadow Hollywood 1916
The Majesty of the Moment New York 1921
Seeing Things Through Things Moscow 1926
The Cruel Radiance of What Is Hale County 1936New York 1941

The Immobile Theatre Paris 189495
Temple House Factory ParisLondon Berlin

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Jacques Rancire is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris-VIII. His books include The Politics of Aesthetics, On the Shores of Politics, The Nights of Labor, Staging the People, and The Emancipated Spectator.

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