The death of art is an issue that has been stirring up philosophical
reflection and artistic practice for almost two centuries. Hegel was the first
to draw attention to the fact that not only does art not coincide with truth,
but that it can no longer even represent truth or the core of a culture. The
assertions of the last of the philosopher-kings sparked an unquenchable blaze,
the flames of which continued to spread during the 20th century and singe us
still today. But is art really dead? Perhaps, but only if one accepts Hegel's
assumptions, as Benedetto Croce did when he initiated the 20th-century debate.
Since then the topic has continued to engage artists and thinkers, starting
with the historical vanguard up to contemporary art theories. The book reviews
the entire history of the debate and emphasizes how radically current circumstances
have changed due to the impact of digital technologies on aesthetic experience.
Federico Vercellone teaches Aesthetics at the University of Turin.
I. L'Ottocento e la "fine dell'arte"
II. Il secolo lacerato
III. Il Novecento oltre il Novecento
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