Short treatise on art

Martin, Stewart ORCID logoORCID: (2011) Short treatise on art. In: Aesthetics and contemporary art. Avanessian, Armen and Skrebowski, Luke, eds. Sternberg Press, Berlin. ISBN 9781934105528. [Book Section]


This text is an attempt to address a set of fundamental terms that articulate art's relation to capitalism, both its identity and contradiction. These terms – namely, work, life, death – each present a dialectical form through which art can be identified or opposed to capitalism; for instance, the relation of work to artwork, to alienated work, and to unalienated work. The resulting text is an original attempt to articulate this dialectical logic of art in the most fundamental and precise terms. The text derives from a number of papers or talks, but its origins lie in a contribution to the 'Aesthetics and Contemporary Art' conference held at Middlesex University in March 2008 - a collaboration between the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, at Middlesex University, and Research Centre for 'Aesthetic Experience and the Dissolution of Artistic Limits', at Free University, Berlin. The book, Aesthetics and Contemporary Art (Sternberg Press, 2011), is effectively a publication of the proceedings from this conference.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Areas: A. > School of Art and Design > Visual Arts
A. > School of Art and Design > Visual Arts > Visual Culture and Curating cluster
Item ID: 11642
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Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2013 11:24
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:28

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