In a review of ‘the Year in Left Books’, the Left Eye on Books blog picks Gregory Shollette’s Dark Matter: Art and Politics in the Age of Enterprise Culture as their favourite book of 2011:
Sholette begins in the early ’80s, discussing an effort he was involved in to create an archive of political art. Both a history and a theoretically ambitious work, Sholette develops a theory of the mass of artists, mostly not legitimated by the commercial world, as the “dark matter” of culture. Although not honored, their work is necessary for the production of the art that is monetarily valued. Now, in part because of the new technologies, it is becoming more difficult to keep the “dark matter” hidden. He also considers the way practices of political art have changed as the traditional, bureaucratic, coherent project of the old left has given way to the new politics of the multitude. It’s impossible to do justice to the work in this space, but suffice it to say that this was perhaps my favorite book of the year.
Visit Left Eye on Books to read the post in full.
Art and Politics in the Age of Enterprise Culture
Shows that the elite of the art world are sustained by new forms and styles created by artists outside the mainstream.
“With great verve and urgency, Gregory Sholette explores the economics of contemporary art production in an era of neoliberalism, and outlines the promises and pitfalls of various tactics of resistance. Dark Matter is a salient call-to-arms to all cultural laborers.” – Julia Bryan-Wilson, author of Art Workers: Radical Practice in the Vietnam War Era
“Based on a multitude of examples from the heterocosmos of invisible art practices, Dark Matter is the ultimate companion to contemporary activist art. In his exquisite and theoretically informed style Gregory Sholette investigates the problematic functions of art practices in the processes of neoliberal appropriation, but above all the wild, explosive and deterritorializing lines that are drawn in the dark matter between art and politics.” – Gerald Raunig, philosopher and art theorist and author of Art and Revolution