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Adorno and Art

Aesthetic Theory Contra Critical Theory

Authors: Hellings, J.

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A comprehensive, critical and accessible account of Theodor W. Adorno's materialist-dialectical aesthetic theory of art from a contemporary perspective, this volume shows how Adorno's critical theory is awash with images crystallising thoughts to such a degree that it has every reason to be described as aesthetic.

About the authors

James Hellings is Senior Lecturer in Fine Art (Theory and Context) at the School of Art, Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, Birmingham City University, UK. He researches, writes and lectures about modern and contemporary art and the thought that accompanies it. Originally educated as an artist, James worked in the Department of Prints and Drawings at The British Museum, before receiving full AHRC Scholarships for both his MA and PhD studies in contemporary art theory at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Reviews

"[O]ne senses throughout that Hellings is testing his own ideas and critical persuasions through, and with, Adorno, which is illuminating in the light of his rather good discussion of subjectivity and objectivity within both aesthetic theory and art making in general."

"[Hellings] makes Adorno's thought vivid for the present, especially in his attempts to think through contemporary artistic and political practices."

-David Ryan, Art Monthly


Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Anti-Introduction: Paint It Black

    Hellings, James

    Pages 1-20

  • Critical Messages in a Bottle and Restoration

    Hellings, James

    Pages 23-30

  • Excursus I — The Prevalence of a View: Being Uncompromisingly Critical at the Grand Hotel Abyss

    Hellings, James

    Pages 31-37

  • Excursus II — The Prevalence of a View: ‘Don’t participate:’ The Politics of Social Praxis

    Hellings, James

    Pages 38-54

  • Aesthetic Messages in a Bottle and Progress

    Hellings, James

    Pages 55-70

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Adorno and Art
Book Subtitle
Aesthetic Theory Contra Critical Theory
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-31571-7
DOI
10.1057/9781137315717
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-34788-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-34509-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 199
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