Composed in a series of scenes, Aisthesis - Rancie re's definitive statement on the aesthetic - takes its reader from Dresden
in 1764 to New York in 1941. Along the way, we view the Belvedere Torso with Winckelmann, accompany Hegel to the museum and
Mallarme to the Folies-Berge re, attend a lecture by Emerson, visit exhibitions in Paris and New York, factories in Berlin,
and film sets in Moscow and Hollywood. Rancie re uses these sites and events - some famous, others forgotten - to ask what
becomes art and what comes of it. He shows how a regime of artistic perception and interpretation was constituted and transformed
by erasing the specificities of the different arts, as well as the borders that separated them from ordinary experience. This
incisive study provides a history of artistic modernity far removed from the conventional postures of modernism.