Modern Iconoclasm and The Fundamentalist Spectacle
In this book-length essay, art critic and historian Sven Lütticken takes philosopher Theodor Adorno’s critique of popular arts and culture a step further. Adorno criticized the manipulation of taste in official cultures and the pretense of individualism; Lütticken looks at the tension between fundamentalism and individualism in the context of the current religious-political image wars. This book examines both the afterlife of religious elements in modern culture and possible responses to the current religious re-appropriation of Adorno’s critique of modern capitalist culture by both Christian fundamentalists and radical Islamists. Lütticken contributes regularly to Artforum, New Left Review, Afterimage, and Texte zur Kunst, among other publications.
160 pp / 50 b&w and color
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