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Kara Walker
Gone, An Historical Romance of a Civil War as it Occurred between the Dusky Thighs of One Young Negress and Her Heart (detail)
Installation view at the Walker Art Center, Courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co.
Photo by Gene Pittman
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by Ben Davis

Of all the boondoggles of the current art-critical game, one of the biggest has got to be the idea of "esthetic politics." Every few weeks, it seems, in some publication, somewhere, another critic unveils some version of this idea as if it were the most revolutionary discovery since Marcel Duchamp put a toilet on a plinth.


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