Adorno and Art

Aesthetic Theory Contra Critical Theory

  • James Hellings

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Anti-Introduction: Paint It Black

    1. James Hellings
      Pages 1-20
  3. Messages in a Bottle: Aesthetic Theory Contra Critical Theory

  4. Art Itself Thinks: The Politics of Aesthetic (Mis-)Education

  5. Anti-Conclusion: The Russian Ending

    1. James Hellings
      Pages 144-152
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 153-199

About this book


A comprehensive, critical and accessible account of Theodor W. Adorno's materialist-dialectical aesthetic theory of art from a contemporary perspective, this volume shows how Adorno's critical theory is awash with images crystallising thoughts to such a degree that it has every reason to be described as aesthetic.


Adorno art aesthetics aesthetic theory politics critical theory access bibliography Contemporary art dialectic education knowledge reason restoration Russia Russian Theodor W. Adorno

Authors and affiliations

  • James Hellings
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Art, BIADBirmingham City UniversityUK

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