Politics and the Aesthetic

Lately I’ve had the impression that on this blog the aesthetic and the political are falling apart, yet at bottom I believe they are one. I also don’t accept the standard view that modernist abstraction and its heirs are necessarily apolitical. It might be time to make some connections more explicit. An earlier post made a link between economic growth and art, and growth is very much a function of population, also mentioned earlier. But I need to talk more about population growth in the art world, and that should make some political questions vivid for abstraction. Technical change and innovation are also pretty immediate for art, since now it is widely accepted that “creativity” belongs to everyone.  The politics of Silicon Valley enterprise and all its obfuscation by the media are then pretty compelling. And there’s a lot more to say about sex, since human origins are very close to artistic origins. These three topics at least should be self-evidently relevant to abstraction, and I will carry on with them all.


Street in Dharavi, a still from the movie Dharavi, Slum for Sale

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