. Th.W. Adorno on Artworks - Dictionary of Arguments

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Artworks: works of art are human creations that are not directly focussed on the maintenance of life functions, but are intended to open the possibility for a realization that is freed from life-world constraints and purposes. At the same time, works of art should allow us to look at these constraints. In the modern world, works of art escape direct intelligibility to the extent that understanding itself has increasingly become a necessity of the everyday world. See also aesthetics, art, critique, society, history, enlightenment, recognition.
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Th.W. Adorno on Artworks - Dictionary of Arguments

Grenz I 106
Artworks/Adorno/Grenz: Adorno has exposed the object- or thing-character of the artworks. (Ästhetische Theorie(1), p. 153f)
I 286
Note: "Artworks become images by the fact that the processes congealed in them to the point of objectivity speak themselves." (Ästhetische Theorie, p.132f)
Grenz I 106
As things, they are already subject to the criticism of the givenness which distinguishes the physiognomist from the recipient. "The given is in its poor and blind form, not objectivity [...]." (Negative Dialektik(2), p 186).
Grenz I 108
Artworks/Adorno/Grenz: artworks are distorting, pure constructions depicting utopia ... They are abstract negations of past works, certain negations of the real synchronous relation between nature and mankind, which can be determined in them as the always-sameness of superfluous being restrained of humans.
Grenz I 199
Artwork/Adorno/Grenz: "The historical moment is constitutive in the artworks; the authentic ones are the ones that entrust themselves to the historical content of their time without reservation and without the presumption to be above it. They are the historiography of their epoch unconscious to themselves. The last but not least, mediates them to recognition". (Ästhetische Theorie(1), p. 272).
Utopia/Art/Adorno/Grenz: "The form of all artistic utopia today is to do things of which we do not know what they are." (Quasi una Fantasia(3), p. 437).

1. Th. W. Adorno. Ästhetische Theorie. In: Gesammelte Schriften 7, Rolf Tiedemann (Hg.), Frankfurt/M: Suhrkamp. 1970.
2. Th. W. Adorno. Negative Dialektik. In: Gesammelte Schriften, Band 6: Negative Dialektik. Jargon der Eigentlichkeit. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp 1970.
3. Th. W. Adorno. Quasi una Fantasia.

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The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Th. W. Adorno
Max Horkheimer
Dialektik der Aufklärung Frankfurt 1978

Theodor W. Adorno
Negative Dialektik Frankfurt/M. 2000

Theodor W. Adorno
Ästhetische Theorie Frankfurt/M. 1973

Theodor W. Adorno
Minima Moralia Frankfurt/M. 2003

Theodor W. Adorno
Philosophie der neuen Musik Frankfurt/M. 1995

Theodor W. Adorno
Gesammelte Schriften, Band 5: Zur Metakritik der Erkenntnistheorie. Drei Studien zu Hegel Frankfurt/M. 1071

Theodor W. Adorno
Noten zur Literatur (I - IV) Frankfurt/M. 2002

Theodor W. Adorno
Gesammelte Schriften in 20 Bänden: Band 2: Kierkegaard. Konstruktion des Ästhetischen Frankfurt/M. 2003

Theodor W. Adorno
Gesammelte Schriften in 20 Bänden: Band 8: Soziologische Schriften I Frankfurt/M. 2003

Theodor W. Adorno
Über Walter Benjamin Frankfurt/M. 1990

Theodor W. Adorno
Philosophische Terminologie Bd. 1 Frankfurt/M. 1973

Theodor W. Adorno
Philosophische Terminologie Bd. 2 Frankfurt/M. 1974

Friedemann Grenz
Adornos Philosophie in Grundbegriffen. Auflösung einiger Deutungsprobleme Frankfurt/M. 1984

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