Art in the After-Culture: Capitalist Crisis and Cultural Strategy (Paperback)

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"This kaleidoscopic collection will help you see and
comprehend the world anew--which is, in my book, what good art should
do."
--Astra Taylor

It is a scary and disorienting time for art, as it is a scary and
disorienting time in general.
Aesthetic experience is both overshadowed
by the spectacle of current events and pressed into new connection with
them. The self-image of art as a social good is collapsing under the
weight of capitalism's dysfunction.

In these incisive essays, art critic Ben Davis makes sense of our
extreme present as an emerging "after-culture"--a culture whose forms and
functions are being radically reshaped by cataclysmic events. In the
face of catastrophe, he holds out hope that reckoning with the new
realities of art, technology, activism, and the media, can help us
weather the super-storms of the future.

About the Author


Ben Davis has been artnet News's National Art Critic since 2016. He is the author of 9.5 Theses on Art and Class, and was an editor of The Elements of Architecture, which began as the catalogue to the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennial. Recent essays have appeared in the books Public Servants: Art and the Crisis of the Common Good and The Future of Public Space. His writings have been featured in The New York Times, New York Magazine, Slate, Adbusters, The Brooklyn Rail, e-Flux Journal, Frieze, The Village Voice, and many other venues. In 2019, Harvard 's Nieman Journalism Lab reported that he was one of the five most influential art critics in the United States, and the only one to write for an online publication.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781642594621
ISBN-10: 1642594628
Publisher: Haymarket Books
Publication Date: March 15th, 2022
Pages: 180
Language: English