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Title: The search for a democratic aesthetics : Robert Rauschenberg, Walker Evans, William Carlos Williams
Author: Leicht, Alexander
ISNI:       0000 0004 2668 6178
Current Institution: University of Nottingham
Date of Award: 2008
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If democracy were an artwork, what would it look like? - This project proposes a specific way of conceptualizing the link between democracy and aesthetics. Contrary to previous accounts, which mostly concentrated on understanding democratic as accessible art or on analyzing the role of art in democratic society. suggest that a democratic aesthetics can be properly understood by interpreting specific formal features of artworks as metaphors for particular key elements of democracy as it is framed in important strands of contemporary democratic theory. The project argues, among other things, that a certain kind of loose collage composition stands in a metaphorical relationship with the structure of a pluralist democratic polity. Systematically developed, this account helps better to understand the democratic quality of individual artworks, and also makes plausible how aesthetics can contribute to the discourse of democratic theory.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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