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Image of a Chilean factory worker, from Chris Marker’s "Staring Back," seen at Peter Blum gallery
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ESTHETIC POLITICS?
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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