Gaga Aesthetics

Aesthetics and Contemporary Art Series Editors: Tiziana Andina and David Carrier Philosophers and cultural historians typically discuss works of art in abstract terms. But the true significance of art for philosophy, and philosophy for ...

Gaga Aesthetics

Pop art has traditionally been the most visible visual art within popular culture because its main transgression is easy to understand: the infiltration of the “low” into the “high”. The same cannot be said of contemporary art of the 21st century, where the term “Gaga Aesthetics” characterizes the condition of popular culture being extensively imbricated in high culture, and vice-versa. Taking Adorno and Horkheimer's "The Culture Industry" and Adorno's Aesthetic Theory as key touchstones, this book explores the dialectic of high and low that forms the foundation of Adornian aesthetics and the extent to which it still applied, and the extent to which it has radically shifted, thereby 'upending tradition'. In the tradition of philosophical aesthetics that Adorno began with Lukács, this explores the ever-urgent notion that high culture has become deeply enmeshed with popular culture. This is “Gaga Aesthetics”: aesthetics that no longer follows clear fields of activity, where “fine art” is but one area of critical activity. Indeed, Adorno's concepts of alienation and the tragic, which inform his reading of the modernist experiment, are now no longer confined to art. Rather, stirring examples can be found in phenomena such as fashion and music video. In addition to dealing with Lady Gaga herself, this book traverses examples ranging from Madonna's Madam X to Moschino and Vetements, to deliberate on the strategies of subversion in the culture industry.

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Gaga Aesthetics
Language: en
Pages: 224
Authors: Adam Geczy, Vicki Karaminas
Categories: Philosophy
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-10-07 - Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Pop art has traditionally been the most visible visual art within popular culture because its main transgression is easy to understand: the infiltration of the “low” into the “high”. The same cannot be said of contemporary art of the 21st century, where the term “Gaga Aesthetics” characterizes the condition of
Gaga Aesthetics
Language: en
Pages: 224
Authors: Adam Geczy, Vicki Karaminas
Categories: Philosophy
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-10-07 - Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Pop art has traditionally been the most visible visual art within popular culture because its main transgression is easy to understand: the infiltration of the “low” into the “high”. The same cannot be said of contemporary art of the 21st century, where the term “Gaga Aesthetics” characterizes the condition of
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Language: en
Pages: 317
Authors: Jillian Hernandez
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-11-06 - Publisher: Duke University Press

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Language: en
Pages: 234
Authors: Robin James
Categories: Philosophy
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-02-27 - Publisher: John Hunt Publishing

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The Performance Identities of Lady Gaga
Language: en
Pages: 271
Authors: Richard J. Gray II
Categories: Music
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-01-10 - Publisher: McFarland

Three years after entering the pop music scene, Lady Gaga became the most well-known pop star in the world. These thirteen critical essays explore Lady Gaga’s body of work through the interdisciplinary filter of performance identity and cover topics such as gender and sexuality, body commodification, visual body rhetoric, drag