In the Mind but Not From There: Real Abstraction and Contemporary Art

Co-Published with Verso Books.

Edited by Gean Moreno

Available directly through Verso

In the Mind But Not From There: Real Abstraction and Contemporary Art considers how the Marxian concept of “real abstraction”—originally developed by Alfred Sohn-Rethel, and recently updated by Alberto Toscano—might help to define the economic, social, political, and cultural complexities of our contemporary moment. In doing so, this volume brings together noted contemporary artists, literary critics, curators, historians, and social theorists who connect the concept of “real abstraction” with contemporary cultural production. Theoretical and artistic contributions from Benjamin Noys, Paul Chan, João Enxuto and Erica Love, Marina Vishmidt, Sven Lütticken, and many others help to map out the relationship between political economy and artistic production in the realm of contemporary, globalized cultural exchange.

This anthology places economic and social analyses alongside creative projects and visual essays to consider the many angles of contemporary art, and how inquiry into the the production of abstraction through material and social processes be used to better understand, and hopefully change, the conditions under which art is made, seen, and circulated today.


Contributions by:

Leigh Claire La Berge
Diann Bauer, Suhail Malik, and Natalia Zuluaga
Nathan Brown
Mark Curran
João Enxuto and Erica Love
Victoria Ivanova
Brian Kuan Wood
Sven Lutticken
Jaleh Mansoor
John Miller
Sianne Ngai
Benjamin Noys
Alberto Toscano
Marina Vischmidt


Item Details
In the Mind but Not From There: Real Abstraction and Contemporary Art - Gean Moreno
ISBN 9781788730693
336 pgs.