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Art Power

by Boris Groys The MIT Press
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Pbk 200 pages
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Art has its own power in the world, and is as much a force in the power play of global politics today as it once was in the arena of cold war politics. Art, argues the distinguished theoretician Boris Groys, is hardly a powerless commodity subject to the art market'sfiats of inclusion and exclusion. In Art Power, Groys examines modern andcontemporary art according to its ideological function. Art, Groys writes, is produced and brought before the public in two ways -- as a commodity and as a tool of political propaganda. In thecontemporary art scene, very little attention is paid to the latter function. Arguing for the inclusion of politically motivated art in contemporary art discourse, Groys considers art produced under totalitarianism, Socialism, and post-Communism.

He also considers today's mainstream Westernart -- which he finds behaving more and more according the norms of ideological propaganda: producedand exhibited for the masses at international exhibitions, biennials, and festivals.

Contemporaryart, Groys argues, demonstrates its power by appropriating the iconoclastic gestures directedagainst itself -- by positioning itself simultaneously as an image and as a critique of the image.In Art Power, Groys examines this fundamental appropriation that produces theparadoxical object of the modern artwork.

The range of topics canvassed in Art Power is impressive.... All of these subjects have been comprehensively treated elsewhere, but rarely with Groys' penetrating eye for the unexpected upshot of such developments.

Boris Groys is Professor of Philosophy and Art Theory at the Academy for Design in Karlsruhe, Germany, and Global Professor at New York University. He is the author of many books, including The Art of Stalinism and History Becomes Form: MoscowConceptualism (MIT Press, 2010).