Thursday, September 23, 2010

Is the near-absence of capitalism in the realm of artistic creation justified?

Jeff Koons, Michael Jackson and Bubbles, 1988.

Could there be an incompatibility in principle between the accumulation of capital and artistic creation?

Sweatshop, Mexico, 2000's.

Oliver Tinland ponders:
In literature, the observation scarcely changes: if companies emerge on the literary scene at all, it is most often in the guise of exotic caricature. Distorted by hyperbole or allegory, reduced to the level of stage decor, the world of capitalism has a hard time earning its stripes as literary subject matter, as most writers cheerfully hand over to social scientists the task of raising the opaque and overwhelming presence of Das Kapital to a level of transparent meaning. Could there be an incompatibility in principle between the accumulation of capital and artistic creation? -- Queen's Quarterly. Volume: 114. Issue # 3, 2007.
Why are factories, companies, and stock exchanges not worthy candidates of artistic transfiguration?

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, The Burj Dubai (finished 2010).

Is art's mission to "aestheticize" capital, or become its critical reflection?

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