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By Marc James Leger

Brave New Avant Garde is a set of essays that ask the questions: what's an sufficient version of up to date avant garde perform and what are its theoretical premises? With this it asks the comparable query, echoing Alain Badiou: needs to the avant garde speculation be abandoned?

Brave New Avant Garde stands towards postmodern post-politics and the view that radical perform has no different destiny than its relief to the workings of the unfastened marketplace within the kind of the "simple strategy of cultural production" or to adaptations at the cultural politics of illustration. Today's avant garde, shaped within the wake of the top of the Soviet Union and the increase of the anti-globalization move, represents a counter-power that rejects the inevitability of capitalist integration. the best way out for artists in today's international of artistic industries is outlined in those pages as a psychoanalytically trained sinthomeopathic practice, a serious identity with triumphing stipulations of construction that avoids the excess delight in the ideology of postmodern pluralism.

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The problem for me is not that he downplays aesthetic criteria, but that he diaparages avant-garde practice. This prevents him from considering how it is that the avant gardes have traditionally associated both aesthetics and communication with ideology. The subject that is represented in avant-garde art is the subject in ideology. For Kester, as for many critics who have been weaned on postmodern difference politics, all reference to class politics and dialectics (or the kind of dialogics proposed by the Russian formalists) is associated with the fixing of identity and with masculinism.

14 The attitude of “cultural goodwill” defines the indeterminacy of the petty-bourgeois social position as the tendency to accept extortion by the dominant class through the acceptance of ready-made judgements and the reproduction of the “origins of capitalism” through privations aimed at future recompense. The indeterminate position of the petty bourgeois culture industries, trapped between cultural conservatism, on the one hand, and the administration of a mass-mediated museum culture on the other, has undergone a structural transformation from the time of Bourdieu’s studies.

60 Kester seeks to defend politically motivated activist art against the depoliticizing attitudes of the institutionalized artworld. The problem for me is not that he downplays aesthetic criteria, but that he diaparages avant-garde practice. This prevents him from considering how it is that the avant gardes have traditionally associated both aesthetics and communication with ideology. The subject that is represented in avant-garde art is the subject in ideology. For Kester, as for many critics who have been weaned on postmodern difference politics, all reference to class politics and dialectics (or the kind of dialogics proposed by the Russian formalists) is associated with the fixing of identity and with masculinism.

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