ALESSANDRO DAL LAGO, SERENA GIORDANO

Artists and Power

Scenes from an Ambiguous Relationship

Artists are sometimes viewed as idols, cultural stars whose creative abilities are accompanied by self-promotion and marketing skills. Andy Warhol embodies this ideal type of artist, capable of mastering our society's major sphere of power: the market.

Political leaders write poetry and novels. Artists believe their works can alter the course of history. Bigwigs hire famous sculptors to build mausoleums, thus defying bad luck and ridicule. Teams of architects are engaged in order to rebuild earthquake-stricken towns with the lofty goal of transforming them into open-air museums. Just as power is irresistibly drawn to aesthetics, art also expresses a veritable will to power. More so than in the past, today the relationship between art and power features a deep and inescapable ambiguity, against the backdrop of the market, capable of engulfing even the most protest-oriented forms of expression, such as Banksy's street art.

Alessandro Dal Lago has taught Sociology at the Universities of Milan, Bologna and Genova.

Serena Giordano is an artist and teaches at the Academy of Fine Arts in Genova.

Introduzione. Artisti e potenti
I. Le avanguardie e il potere
1. Dall'indifferenza all'impegno
2. Le anime contraddittorie dell'avanguardia
3. Verso l'autodistruzione
4. Per l'arte e per la patria
5. Libero senza saperlo
II. L'arte del denaro
1. «Guernica» e la guerra (dei discorsi)
2. Stilisti, bretelle e scivoli
3. Ai Weiwei: dalle «Stars» alle stelle
III. Il potere dell'inautentico
1. Vero e falso in arte
2. La natura sociale della falsità
3. Falsari artisti
4. Artisti che copiano
5. Vero e falso come questioni politiche
IV. Potenza e impotenza dell'utopia
1. Astronavi nel Belice
2. Platone a Gibellina Nuova
3. Linee curve, rette e spezzate
4. Una polis senza agorà
5. Una questione di responsabilità
V. Un'arte senza potere
1. La canzone del curatore
2. Quanto è bello quel Caravaggio!
3. La sindrome di Warhol
Riferimenti bibliografici
Indice dei nomi
Indice delle cose notevoli
series "Intersezioni"
pp. 272, 978-88-15-25092-6
publication year 2014