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Delirium and resistance: activist art and the crisis of capitalism

Delirium and resistance: activist art and the crisis of capitalism

Sholette, Gregory, author; Charnley, Kim, editor

Draws on thirty years of critical debates and practices by artists and activist groups to advocate the undermining of capitalism through art In the aftermath of the 2016 US elections, Brexit, and a global upsurge of nationalist populism, it is evident that the delirium and the crisis of neoliberal capitalism is now the delirium and crisis of liberal democracy and its culture. And though capitalist crisis does not begin within art, art can reflect and amplify its effects, to positive and negative ends. In this follow-up to his influential 2010 book, Dark Matter: Art and Politics in the Age of Enterprise Culture, Sholette engages in critical dialogue with artists' collectives, counter-institutions, and activist groups to offer an insightful, firsthand account of the relationship between politics and art in neoliberal society. Sholette lays out clear examples of art's deep involvement in capitalism: the dizzying prices achieved by artists who pander to the financial elite, the proliferation of museums that contribute to global competition between cities in order to attract capital, and the strange relationship between art and rampant gentrification that restructures the urban landscape. With a preface by noted author Lucy R. Lippard and an introduction by theorist Kim Charnley, Delirium and Resistance draws on over thirty years of critical debates and practices both in and beyond the art world to historicize and advocate for the art activist tradition that radically - and, at times, deliriously - entangles the visual arts with political struggles

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Published London: PlutoPress, 2017
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Statement of responsibility: Gregory Sholette ; edited by Kim Charnley ; foreword by Lucy R. Lippard
ISBN: 1786800594, 9781786800596
Note: Also issued in electronic format.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: xiii, 290 pages : illustrations (black and white)
Subject: Art and Design.; Political ideologies; Art and society.; History of art; Art Political aspects.; Art Economic aspects.; Art Finance.; The arts: general issues; Political activism; Art, Modern Themes, motives.
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9780745336848


  1. Acknowledgements
  2. Lucy R. Lippard Preface: Is Another Artworld Possible?
  3. Kim Charnley: Art On The Brink: ôBare Artö And The Crisis Of Liberal Democracy
  4. Part I: Artworld
  5. Introduction I: Welcome to Our Art World
  6. 1. Fidelity, Autonomy, Betrayal: Within and Beyond the Post Cold- War Art Museum
  7. 2. LetÆs do it again comrades, letÆs occupy the museum!
  8. 3. Bare Art, Debt, Oversupply, Panic!: (On the contradictions of a 21st Century Art Education)
  9. Part II: Cities Without Souls
  10. 4.
  11. Introduction II: Naturalizing the Revanchist City
  12. 5. Nature as an icon of urban resistance on NYC's Lower East Side 1979û1984
  13. 6. Mysteries of the Creative Class or I have Seen the Enemy and They is Us
  14. 7. Occupology, Swarmology, Whateverology: the city of disorder versus the peopleÆs archive
  15. 8. Art After Gentrification
  16. Part III: Resistance
  17. 9. Introduction III: Critical Praxis/Partisan Art
  18. 10. Counting On Your Collective Silence: Notes on Activist Art as Collaborative Practice
  19. 11. Dark matter: Activist art and the counter-public sphere
  20. 12. On Maidan Uprising and Imaginary Archive, Kyiv
  21. 13. Delirium and Resistance after the Social Turn
  22. Notes
  23. Bibliography
  24. Index