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    STUDIA PHILOSOPHIA - Issue no. 3 / 2011  
         
  Article:   ARTISTIC CRITIQUE AND CREATIVITY: HOW DO ARTISTS PLAY IN THE SOCIAL CHANGE?.

Authors:  DAN EUGEN RAŢIU.
 
       
         
  Abstract:  This article analyses the social role of the artists focusing on the interactions between artistic critique and social change in the context of “the new spirit of capitalism” and the “imperative to creativity”. Nowadays the main rationales of a pragmatically-oriented public support for the arts are the economic and social benefits provided by artistic activities. Meanwhile it is a commonplace of the artistic mainstream to conceive and practice art as a tool of critique aiming to subvert capitalism. Is it possible to conciliate these divergent standpoints but which both deem art as a mere instrument and to prevent them falling back into the modern utopianism? Can we consider the social function of art without subjecting it to a strict calculation in terms of efficiency and control or, on the contrary, to blend into a social-and-political critique that borders on the radical utopianism? By answering these questions, the article aims to clarify the relationship between the artistic critique and the dynamic of capitalism, and to evaluate the role that artists have/could play in the social change.

Keywords: arts and politics, artistic critique, artistic creativity, social critique, social change. 

 
         
     
         
         
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