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By Ben Davis

9.5 Theses on artwork and Class seeks to teach how a transparent figuring out of sophistication is sensible of what's at stake in a large variety of modern art's such a lot chronic debates, from definitions of political artwork to the stricken prestige of "outsider" and road paintings to the query of ways we continue religion in artwork itself.

Ben Davis at the moment lives and works in manhattan urban the place he's government Editor at Artinfo.

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Com Special discounts are available for bulk purchases by organizations and institutions. org. Cover design by Josh On. Cover art is a detail of Relational Wall (2009) by William Powhida. Courtesy of the artist. Collection of Melva Bucksbaum and Raymond Learsy. This book was published with the generous support of the Wallace Global Fund and Lannan Foundation. Library of Congress CIP data is available. 5 Theses on Art and Class ART AND POLITICS Three: What Good Is Political Art in Times Like These?

46 For middle-class agents to become effectively political involves them decisively breaking with the biases associated with their own class, because in a society where the relationship between capitalist and worker is the most important one, the middle class occupies a vacillating center position. Marx himself writes, in Theories of Surplus Value, that a member of the petite bourgeoisie “is cut up into two persons. . 48 Lucy Lippard captures this contradiction beautifully in “The Pink Glass Swan,” her classic essay about artists and class: Looking at and “appreciating” art in [the twentieth century] has been understood as an instrument (or at best a result) of upward social mobility, in which owning art is the ultimate step.

As an example, Zweig mentions the family doctor, a traditional representative of the middle class. Organized around private practices, doctors have had a great deal of independence and freedom. But as more and more doctors work for large health-care conglomerates, their position has changed, dragging the medical profession toward the working class. Conversely, if a doctor’s personal practice grows to the point where she is more concerned with administering the labor of others and maximizing the profit of the whole enterprise in the name of competition, then she has ceased to function as a middle-class agent and become a full-on representative of capital.

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