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Including transformation
Notes on the art of the contemporary

Central to any understanding of contemporary art and therefore central to any engagement with a contemporary politics of art is the question of the nature of the contemporary. The locus of engagement is that specific conception of the contemporary within which art is taken to announce the impossibility of transformation. This chapter argues that the divisions within reception, and the presence of at least two different modes of inclusion, that are inextricably bound up with what has been identified above as the truth of the work of art. Once art and criticism are interarticulated, art is able to maintain the same position. The obvious counter to the argument that policy depends on a decision concerning the truth of art is that such a position overstates the needs of policy makers and confuses philosophical argumentation with the 'hard-nosed' practice of decision making.

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