De-aestheticization and the Dialectics of the Aesthetic and Anti-aesthetic in Contemporary Art

  • Gerard Vilar
Part of the Sociology of the Arts book series (SOA)


Modern and contemporary art rejects in general market and capitalism. Artists try to avoid the commodification of his works and a subsequent neutralization of its critical power. The recent art history can be read as a search for strategies to resist the forces of market, leading first to the refusal of beauty and the adoption of other aesthetic qualities, including even disgusting. Latter, since the 1980s, many artists have embraced a program of de-aestheticization known as “Anti-aesthetic.” Recently, we can see a decline of the anti-aesthetic and even a return of the beauty. Fashion, design, advertising, decoration, and body are the realm of beauty in these times, but the revival of beauty today is a new strategy against the moral and political ugliness of this world.


Critical art Aesthetics Anti-aesthetics De-aestheticization Beauty 


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  • Gerard Vilar
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  1. 1.Autonomous University of BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain

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