Adorno Reframed: Interpreting Key Thinkers for the Arts by Geoff Boucher

By Geoff Boucher

Disregarded as a depressing elitist who condemned pop culture within the identify of ‘high art’, Theodor W. Adorno (1903-1969) is without doubt one of the such a lot provocative and critical but least understood of up to date thinkers. This booklet attracts on new translations into English to problem this well known picture and re-examines Adorno as a utopian thinker who believed genuine paintings might store the world.

Adorno Reframed is not just a complete creation to the reader coming to Adorno for the 1st time via targeted dialogue of artistic endeavors, novels, movies and tune, yet an incredible second look of this founding father of the Frankfurt university. motivated through Kant, Hegel, Freud, Marx, Nietzche and Kierkegaard, Adorno was once a searing critic of the formal, reductive rationality of the Enlightenment and of modernity. Unafraid to discuss human nature, undaunted through dogmas concerning cultural development, Adorno enjoyed artwork that hurts, that challenged the present tradition of the day and resisted the controlled, commodified pseudo-happiness of ‘administered society’. protecting the independence of the wildlife and the particularity of the human person, for Adorno genuine genuine paintings was once a defiant refusal to subordinate the materiality of the realm and the lived fact of human task to the imperatives of social totality.

Making his conception available via a wealth of concrete illustrations, many drawn from Adorno himself, Geoffrey Boucher recasts Adorno as a progressive whose anthropological imaginative and prescient of the human situation, feel of subversive irony and profoundly historic aesthetics defended the integrity of the person opposed to the commodified tradition industries that provide unsatisfying purchaser ‘happiness’. Grounding Adorno’s social philosophy and aesthetic conception in contextualised research of artists starting from Stockhausen and Kafka to David Lynch and Brett Easton-Ellis, Adorno Reframed takes its topic from interwar modernity into the postmodern and feminist current to ascertain the legacy and impact of Adorno’s radical modernism and his trust that paintings was once within the bottom line the way to focus on, no longer get away, truth.

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