The Political Aesthetic

From “Sustaining Democracy” to the State of the Civic: The Political Aesthetic | The New School

“In order for art to be political must it intervene in a worldly debate or conflict or, as certain modernists believed, are there aesthetic acts that, in themselves, cn be considered political” –David Joselit

“Fireflies began to disappear in the 1950s… Fireflies are tiny material markers of resistance… The question of experimentation in art and politics turns on the survival of fireflies… Art is a privileged zone for the production of fireflies…”

“If you fill your work with political content it doesn’t make it political it makes it ideological.” –Simon Critchley

“Being a painter and working in a world of crisis, is that a futile project?” –Julie Mehretu

“What does it mean to touch an image rather than to merely look at it…” –João Ribas