Lee Baxandall, Stefan Morawski (eds.): Marx & Engels on Literature and Art: A Selection of Writings (1973)

27 August 2014, dusan

A concise compilation of texts divided into nine sections with a judicious introductory essay by Morawski.

Translations and selections by Lee Baxandall and Stefan Morawski
Introduction by Stefan Morawski
Publisher Telos Press, St. Louis/MI, 1973
ISBN 0914386026
175 pages
via Charles, in the Unlimited Edition

Review: M. L. Raina (Minnesota Review, 1975)
Marxist aesthetics on Monoskop wiki

PDF (5 MB, updated to an OCR’d version via Marcell Mars)

See also Margaret A. Rose’s Marx’s Lost Aesthetic: Karl Marx and the Visual Arts, 1984.

Mikkel Bolt: The Suicide of the Avant-Garde (2009) [Danish]

31 August 2013, dusan

“A book – essay, cultural intervention, and potential debate-cooker – whose aim is to outline the historical avant-garde’s road to extinction and to ponder on the loss of grander political ambitions in innovative art today.” (Jesper Olsson)

En kritisk analyse – med udgangspunkt i surrealismen, George Bataille (Acéphale), Situationistisk Internationale og mellemkrigstidens europæiske kommunistpartier – af avantgardens selvforståelse. Mikkel Bolt undersøger også, hvordan idéen om revolution tager sig ud aktuelt.

Avantgardens selvmord
Publisher 28/6, Copenhagen, 2009
ISBN 9788792529039
109 pages
via forlaget286

Reviews: Jesper Olsson (Nordic Journal of Aesthetics, 2010-2011, EN), Bendik Wold (K&K, 2010, DK).



Hito Steyerl: The Wretched of the Screen (2012–) [EN, ES]

23 October 2012, dusan

“In Hito Steyerl’s writing we begin to see how, even if the hopes and desires for coherent collective political projects have been displaced onto images and screens, it is precisely here that we must look frankly at the technology that seals them in. The Wretched of the Screen collects a number of Steyerl’s landmark essays from recent years in which she has steadily developed her very own politics of the image.

Twisting the politics of representation around the representation of politics, these essays uncover a rich trove of information in the formal shifts and aberrant distortions of accelerated capitalism, of the art system as a vast mine of labor extraction and passionate commitment, of occupation and internship, of structural and literal violence, enchantment and fun, of hysterical, uncontrollable flight through the wreckage of postcolonial and modernist discourses and their unanticipated openings.”

With Introduction by Franco “Bifo” Berardi
Publisher Sternberg Press, Berlin, September 2012
e-flux journal series
ISBN 9781934105825, 1934105821
200 pages

Reviews: Tony Wood (New Left Review, 2013), Maria Walsh (Art Monthly, 2013), McKenzie Wark (Public Seminar, 2015), Fracesca Da Rimini (ArtLink, 2015).
Exh. reviews: Holland Cotter (NY Times, 2012), Zoe Larkins (Art in America, 2012).

Publisher (EN)
Publisher (ES)
WorldCat (EN)

The Wretched of the Screen (English, 2012)
Los condenados de la pantalla (Spanish, trans. Marcelo Expósito, 2014, added on 2015-12-14)