As Radical as Reality Itself

Essays on Marxism and Art for the 21st Century

by Matthew Beaumont (Volume editor) Andrew Hemingway (Volume editor) Esther Leslie (Volume editor) John Roberts (Volume editor)
©2007 Edited Collection 476 Pages


This collection of essays, by a number of established scholars and artists, proposes new directions for Marxist cultural theory and the criticism of modern visual culture. It addresses a diverse range of topics, including the state and revolution, Communist and post-Communist aesthetics, Situationist thought and the avant-garde, subjectivity and commodification, and the politics and problems of contemporary artistic practice. The contributions also consider several other pressing questions in the visual arts, from the practice of digital culture to appropriations of critical theory, from the relations of art and the spectacle to architecture in the age of global modernity. This book on Marxism and art is not offered in a spirit of nostalgia: on the contrary, it testifies to the continuing vitality and confidence of historical materialist thought in the field of cultural theory and practice in the 21st century.


ISBN (Softcover)
Marxismus Ästhetik Marxist Art Visual Culture 21st century Situationism
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2007. 476 pp., 36 fig. b/w.

Biographical notes

Matthew Beaumont (Volume editor) Andrew Hemingway (Volume editor) Esther Leslie (Volume editor) John Roberts (Volume editor)

The Editors: Matthew Beaumont is Lecturer in English Literature at University College London. Andrew Hemingway is Professor of Art History at University College London. Esther Leslie is Professor of Political Aesthetics at Birkbeck College, University of London. John Roberts is Senior Research Fellow in Fine Art at the University of Wolverhampton.


Title: As Radical as Reality Itself