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Art, Fashion, Popular Culture, and the Up-Ending of Tradition: Gaga Aesthetics
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Art, Fashion, Popular Culture, and the Up-Ending of Tradition: Gaga Aesthetics (Hardback)

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In contemporary art of the 21st century, the term "Gaga Aesthetics" characterizes the condition of popular culture being extensively imbricated in high culture, and vice-versa. Taking Adorno and Horkheimer's "The Culture Industry" as a crucial departure point, this book explores the dialectic of high and low that forms the foundation of Adornian aesthetics as well as those in his wake, such as Arthur Danto, and Donald Kuspit.

The book considers the tradition of philosophical aesthetics, and the extent to which Adorno's aesthetics may still have valency at a time when high culture has become deeply enmeshed with popular culture. This is "Gaga Aesthetics", aesthetics that no longer follows clear fields of activity, where "fine art" is but one area of critical activity. Indeed, Adorno's concepts of alienation and the tragic, which inform his reading of the modernist experiment, are now no longer confined to art. Rather, stirring examples can be found in phenomena such as fashion and music video. In addition to dealing with Lady Gaga herself, this book traverses examples renaging from Madonna's Madam X to Moschino and Vetements, to deliberate on the strategies of subversion of the culture industry from within.

Art, Fashion & PhotographyArt monographs, history & theoryHistory of art / art & design stylesHistory of art: from c 1900 -Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesCultural StudiesPopular culturePhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesPhilosophy TheoryPhilosophy: aesthetics Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC Publication Date: 13/01/2022 ISBN-13: 9781350102699  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Adam Geczy is an artist and writer who teaches at Sydney College of the Arts at the University of Sydney, Australia. Vicki Karaminas is Professor of Fashion and Director of Doctoral Studies for the School of Design at the College of Creative Arts, Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand.

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