The Crisis of Ugliness

The Crisis of Ugliness From Cubism to Pop-Art - Historical Materialism

158th edition

Paperback (11 Jun 2019) | English

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Synopsis

Mikhail Lifshitz is a major forgotten figure in the tradition of Marxist philosophy and art history. A significant influence on Lukács, and the dedicatee of his The Young Hegel, as well as an unsurpassed scholar of Marx and Engels's writings on art and a lifelong controversialist, Lifshitz's work dealt with topics as various as the philosophy of Marx and the pop aesthetics of Andy Warhol. The Crisis of Ugliness (originally published in Russian by Iskusstvo, 1968), published here in English for the first time, presented with a detailed introduction by its translator David Riff, is a compact broadside against modernism in the visual arts that resists the dogmatic complacencies of Stalinist aesthetics. Its reentry into English debates on the history of Soviet aesthetics promises to re-orient our sense of the basic coordinates of a Marxist art theory.

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Book information

ISBN: 9781642590104
Publisher: Haymarket Books
Imprint: Haymarket Books
Pub date:
Edition: 158th edition
Language: English
Number of pages: 194
Weight: 288g
Height: 153mm
Width: 227mm
Spine width: 8mm