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Art and Postcapitalism


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Introduction: Postcapitalism, Critique and Art
1. What is Postcapitalism?
2. Art's Hostility to Capitalism
3. Artists and the Politics of Work
4. Avant-Gardism and the Meanings of Automation
5. Laziness and the Technologies of Rest
Conclusion: Gratuity, Digitalisation and Value

About the Author

Dave Beech is Professor of Art at Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg. He is the author of Art and Value: Art's Economic Exceptionalism in Classical, Neoclassical and Marxist Economics (Brill 2015) which was shortlisted for the Deutscher Memorial Prize. He co-authored The Philistine Controversy (Verso, 2002) and Art and Text (Blackdog Books, 2011). He is a founding co-editor of the journal Art and the Public Sphere.


'Amplifying his previous defence of art's unique anti-capitalist status, Beech challenges post-capitalist fantasies envisioning either a future society of artists, or a utopia of aestheticised labour. I know of no other writer who so clearly lays-out the stakes regarding arts relation to value production, or what might follow upon capital's elimination' -- Gregory Sholette, author of 'Dark Matter' and 'Delirium and Resistance' (Pluto Press)
'Filled with thrilling uncomfortable insights, 'Art and Postcapitalism' offers a unique critical position that rubs against the grain. With this timely intervention, Dave Beech solidifies his position as the voice to follow in the discourse on art and labour' -- Paul Mason, author of 'Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future'

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