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Mighty but Failed,
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This review is from: Aesthetic Theory (Continuum Impacts) (Continuum Impacts) (Paperback)
This is Adorno's posthumous opus, unrevised before his sudden death, and so any view of the work must inevitably be tentative - we can never know what would have been added, cut or revised.
The book itself rather reminds me of what happens when on entering an art gallery one espies a picture. One moves close to get a better view, however in doing so one begins to lose sight of the picture itself. Should one proceed further and closer, this effect is amplified, and if, to understand better one views a part of the picture through a magnifying glass, in the process of understanding more one only seems to get further away from the meaning of the picture. Has anyone ever penetrated further into the nature of Art than Adorno? I doubt it and yet, nothwithstanding some perecptive observations on Art, (and not a few stupidities) much remains I have to say impenetrable to me. Tolstoy, ended up largely writing nonsense when he attempted to do the same, so it is perhaps a subject where the only success one may have would be pyrrhic.
Art remains enigmatic: Pointless but essential.