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Manifestations and Conditions of Art

  • Aleš Erjavec
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Part of the Sociology of the Arts book series (SOA)

Abstract

The author takes as his point of departure the neoliberal order as it has been emerging since 1989 and has constituted the background of recent (contemporary) art. He argues that in modernist past art carried special significance, for it was a privileged venue to truth. Already in postmodernism this characteristic diminished, causing the impression that “the end of art” was inevitable. The author disagrees with such view and argues that “art always finds a way” to express truth. Art manages to retain its position in our lived world, even though the latter may have been weakened in recent decades. He then discusses the views of three contemporary theorists who have been among the first to register specific features of contemporary art

Keywords

Neoliberal order Art European West Eastern Europe Postmodernism Contemporaneity 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aleš Erjavec
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  1. 1.Slovenian Academy of Sciences and ArtsLjubljanaSlovenia

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