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ART OF CIVILIZATION: A BOURGEOIS HISTORY. Didier Maleuvre. Palgrave Macmillan, St. Martin's Press, Inc., New York, 2016. 328 pp. 22 x 16 cm. LC 2016-943990 ISBN 9781349948680 In English.
Publisher's description: Didier Maleuvre argues that works of art in Western societies from Ancient Greece to the interconnected worlds of the Digital Age have served to rationalize and normalize an engagement with bourgeois civilization and the city. Maleuvre details that the history of art itself is the history civilization, giving rise to the particular aesthetics and critical attitudes of respective moments and movements in changing civilizations in a dialogical mode. Building a visual cultural account of shifting forms of culture, power, and subjectivity, Maleuvre illustrates how art gave a pattern and a language to the model of social authority rather than simply functioning as a reflective one. Through a broad cultural study of the relationship between humanity, art, and the culture of civilization, Maleuvre introduces a new set of paradigms that critique and affirm the relationship between humanity and art, arguing for it as an engine of social reproduction that transforms how culture is inhabited.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Several Periods — Several Media, Criticism/Theory
Plans: 73,55
Worldwide Number: 173444
Hardcover $109.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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