Art and Democracy
Based upon conversations with artists, teachers, gallery owners and collectors, this fascinating study proposes a reciprocal exchange and clarification of artistic beliefs and practices and the points at which they coincide with values of democracy. Citing numerous cases of abuse and misunderstanding of the role of each in our world today, the author seeks to correct some of the most prevalent of these, engaging the reader in discourse on such topics as the common vs. the collective, plurality vs. pluralism, recognition vs. tolerance, and engagement vs. commitment. Also brought to light are notions of the limited and general public, as well as the politics of historicity both past and present. Additionally, the ongoing problem of the exclusion of the avant-garde from academic curicula is resolutely addressed here.
Joëlle Zask : Joëlle Zask is a researcher at the CNRS. She is the author of L’opinion publique et son double (2 vol.) Volume One: L’opinion sondée, Volume Two: John Dewey, philosophe du public (Paris, Éditions L'Harmattan, 1999).