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Art and Multitude


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Art and Multitude

by Antonio Negri (Author)



ISBN: 9780745649009


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Antonio Negri is an internationally famous political thinker. The book consists of nine letters on art written by Negri, about his conception of art in the postmodern world.

Nine letters on art, written to friends from exile in France in the 1980s. Starting from earlier materialist approaches to art, Negri relates artistic production to the structures of social production characteristic of each historical era. This enables him to define the nature of both material and artistic production in the era of post-modernity and post-Fordism - the era Negri characterizes as that of immaterial labour. Negri then seeks to define artistic beauty in this new era, and this he does in terms of concepts that have become fundamental to his thinking - singularity, multitude, abstraction, collective work, event, the biopolitical, the common. Art is living labour, and therefore invention of singularity, of singular figures and objects. But this expressive act only achieves beauty when the signs and language through which it expresses itself turn themselves into community, when they are contained within a common project. The beautiful is not the act of imagining, but an imagination that has become action. Art, in this sense, is multitude.


ISBN 745649009
ISBN13 9780745649009
Publisher Polity Press
Format Paperback
Publication date 04/03/2011
Pages 224
Weight (grammes) 158
Published in United Kingdom
Height (mm) 197
Width (mm) 130

Editor's Note
Author's Introduction
Letter to Gianmarco on the abstract
Letter to Carlo on the postmodern
Letter to Giorgio on the sublime
Letter to Manfredo on collective work
Letter to Massimo on beauty
Letter to Nanni on constructing
Letter to Silvano on the event
Letter to Raul on the body
Letter to Marie-Magdeleine on the biopolitical
Metamorphoses: Art and immaterial labour