I've always been fascinated by the following constellated section of Adorno's Aesthetic Theory, probably because phenomenology is intuitively easier to get to grips with than a drawn out critical theory of an artwork.

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Maybe this is more about the limits of phenomenology than a very useful way to explicate what the "enigma" of art is. But:

  • does this (I think) need to keep thinking through art, tell us anything about what the enigma of art is: specifically, is it how the artwork can tell us about the (falsity of the) social whole?
  • can the unfolding of the art work as social criticism ever come to a halt, either for an individual, or as a tendency within art? i.e. can there be a termination of further enlightenment to come, either from future art or criticism.
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    Somehow your last question reminds me of Derrida in The Truth in Painting, it might be worth looking into that – Joseph Weissman Feb 1 '16 at 13:44
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    I find it interesting and suggestive that Adorno reverses the gaze; can you add a reference to the quote? – Mozibur Ullah Feb 2 '16 at 23:41
  • it's from p168 of aesthetic theory – user6917 Feb 3 '16 at 11:38

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