Between Histories: Art’s Dilemmas and Trajectories
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Title: Between Histories
Sub-title: Art’s Dilemmas and Trajectories
Editor(s): Vladimir L. Marchenkov
Publish Date: October 2013
|A forum for philosophers of different orientations, this book explores the contemporary historical situation of art—as an answer to claims about “the death of art” and exhaustion of the idea of progress.|
The authors gathered in this volume peer into art’s past and present in order to cast a querying glance into the future. Their perspectives, diagnoses, and recipes vary: from analytic to Hegelian to poststructuralist, from counter-arguments against postmodern readings of art’s history to their celebration, from ruminations about the abysses opening in the depth of artistic creation to re-envisioning modernism in order to push history forward once more.
The conversation remains open-ended and art’s future uncertain, but perhaps our thinking about it can receive a fresh impulse to move beyond the stalemate registered under so many “deaths” and “ends” of art, the author, and history.
Contents: Preface. Introduction. Acknowledgments. Defining an End to Art, Sondra Bacharach. The Moral Consequences of the End of Art, David Rondel. The Troublesomeness of Metaphysicians: Subjectivity, Objectivity, and Aesthetic Relativism, Anna Hennessey. Situating Maritain’s Aesthetics between Hegel and Heidegger, Daniel B. Gallagher. Depicting Individuals Defined through Immersion in History, Norman Arthur Fischer. The Other Origin of the Work of Art, Andrew Haas. The Persistent Mythology of Modernism, Saul Ostrow. Contemporary Art in Transit: A Spatio-Historical Perspective, Andrea Ash. Instead of an Afterword, Vladimir L. Marchenkov. About the Contributors. Author Index. Subject Index.