The Limits of Art: Two Essays

The Limits of Art Two Essays Tzvetan Todorov one of Europe s leading intellectuals explores the complex relations between art politics and ethics in the essays that make up The Limits of Art In one essay Artists and Dictator

  • Title: The Limits of Art: Two Essays
  • Author: Tzvetan Todorov Gila Walker
  • ISBN: 9781906497620
  • Page: 166
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Tzvetan Todorov, one of Europe s leading intellectuals, explores the complex relations between art, politics, and ethics in the essays that make up The Limits of Art In one essay, Artists and Dictators, Todorov traces the intimate relationship between avant garde art and radical politics in pre revolutionary Russia, pre fascist Italy, and pre Nazi Germany Todorov setsTzvetan Todorov, one of Europe s leading intellectuals, explores the complex relations between art, politics, and ethics in the essays that make up The Limits of Art In one essay, Artists and Dictators, Todorov traces the intimate relationship between avant garde art and radical politics in pre revolutionary Russia, pre fascist Italy, and pre Nazi Germany Todorov sets forth the radical idea that the project of totalitarian dictators and avant garde artists actually emerged from the same womb both artists and dictators set out to make it new be it art or society.Further troubling the role of art in the world at large, in Art and Ethics Todorov re examines the age old question of what can be expected from art and whether it should be emancipated from ethics Must art be morally instructive, or should it be self sufficient and concept free The answer is not an either or to Todorov, who believes, like Baudelaire, that art has both cognitive and ethical aspects to it even if it is presented as art for art s sake.Throughout the essays in The Limits of Art, Todorov insists on the essential need for artists to recognize, understand, and even love the world outside Todorov harbors no illusions about the mix of good and bad that enters into the fabric of all that is human He speaks throughout in his own voice, with rare breadth of sympathy and with a fine eye for the complexities of human experience New Republic Like the authors he focuses on, Todorov is tolerant, understanding and wise Observer

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    1. All in all, a worthy and enjoyable read. Concise and not overly demanding. A few misplaced commas, less-than-crystalline constructions, typos, and odd prepositions in the translation, but nothing too glaring.On the first essay, "Artists and Dictators":A fine, clear, mainly expository pamphlet on Italian and Russian Futurism, the Bauhaus, and the Italian, Soviet, and German dictatorships that grew in part from the artistic movements that took root in the years following WWI. If anything, errs on [...]

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