Artistic Differences: In Search of a Negation

  • Liam Dee


The three negative identities most explicitly associated with art/culture: philistinism, vandalism and iconoclasm, are examined in this chapter. Surveying each of these negative identities in turn it is demonstrated how partial they are when it comes to a renunciation of art/culture. This partial nature certainly has something to do with the aforementioned ambiguity of ‘art’ and ‘culture’; with philistinism focused solely on the perceived elite asceticism of ‘high art’, vandalism on ‘art’ as property and iconoclasm on ‘art’ as blasphemous idol. But more telling is how even the most explicit ‘anti-art’ position cannot bring itself to fully excoriate what it is supposed to target. Indeed many of these negations turn out to be attacks on ‘false art’ and celebrations of ‘true art’.


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