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The Beauty of a Social Problem: Photography, Autonomy, Economy

Walter Benn Michaels


This book focuses on the work of several artists, mostly photographers and mostly born in the 1970s. Their age matters because they have lived their entire lives in a world in which aesthetic ambition has been mainly identified with a certain critique of form and meaning (call it postmodernism) and in which the struggle between capital and labor has been mainly won by capital (call it neoliberalism). This book argues that these aesthetic and political conditions are connected, that, for example, the ongoing hostility to the idea of the autonomy of the work of art is related to the ongoing inab ... More

Keywords: aesthetic, autonomy, capital, class, form

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780226210261
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226210438.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Walter Benn Michaels, author
University of Illinois, Chicago

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