Art, Politics, and Aesthetics
Perhaps I have missed my moment for this post, but I wanted to add a few more words to our discussion about art and social movements. First, I wanted to point to Claire Bishop’s follow up article The Social Turn: Collaboration and Its Discontents (I attempted to create a PDF version for those of you who do not care to log into ArtForum, but it crops the second half of every page for copyright reasons; witness it here.) in which she elaborates on the new rubric of ethics that dominates the conversation of socially-oriented artwork, and to Brian Holmes’ Liar’s Poker: Representation of Politics/Politics of Representation, in which he questions whether art can achieve a radical political agenda within the framework of the institution.
Also, I wanted to point to ArtFagCity’s response to Bourriaud in her post about internet phenomena as a Relational Aesthetics and the pretty interesting Guggenheim exhibit currently up, Found in Translation, which includes many works that involve speech acts to invoke a history of radical political activism. (Oh, did I forgot to mention that this is the Deutsche Bank Series at the Guggenheim Exhibit: Found in Translation? Because it is the Deutsche Bank Series at the Guggenheim Exhibit: Found in Translation).