By Peter Uwe Hohendahl
A dialogue of Theodor Adorno’s Aesthetic Theory is sure to appear considerably assorted this day than it should have appeared whilst the booklet used to be first released in 1970, or while it first seemed in English translation within the Nineteen Eighties. In The Fleeting Promise of Art, Peter Uwe Hohendahl reexamines Aesthetic Theory besides Adorno’s different writings on aesthetics in mild of the unforeseen go back of the classy to today’s cultural debates.
Is Adorno’s aesthetic concept nonetheless suitable this day? Hohendahl solutions this question with an emphatic convinced. As he exhibits, a cautious analyzing of the paintings exposes diversified questions and arguments this day than it did some time past. through the years Adorno’s main issue over the destiny of artwork in a past due capitalist society has met with every thing from suspicion to indifference. partly this would be defined by means of relative unfamiliarity with the German dialectical culture in North the United States. Today’s debate is best knowledgeable, extra multifaceted, and additional faraway from the instant aftermath of the chilly warfare and of the shadow of postmodernism.
Adorno’s insistence at the radical autonomy of the art has a lot to supply modern discussions of paintings and the classy looking for new responses to the pervasive results of a neoliberal artwork marketplace and tradition undefined. Focusing particularly on Adorno’s engagement with literary works, Hohendahl indicates how extensively transformative Adorno’s rules were and the way completely they've got formed present discussions in aesthetics. one of the issues he considers are the position of paintings in modernism and postmodernism, the reality claims of artistic endeavors, the functionality of the grotesque in smooth works of art, the precarious price of the literary culture, and the incredible importance of realism for Adorno.