Anomaly and Autonomy: On the Currency of the Exception in the Value Relations of Contemporary

Vishmidt, Marina. 2018. Anomaly and Autonomy: On the Currency of the Exception in the Value Relations of Contemporary. Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte, 81(4), pp. 588-600. ISSN 0044-2992 [Article]

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The question of the anomaly as a way of framing the economy of art in capitalism is an interesting and a demanding one. This is because, unlike in most logical cases and empirical situations, where it is the rule that makes the exception visible, in the case of art – and, as I will suggest, not only art – it is the exception that allows us to understand the rule. What does that mean? By focusing on a social form that appears to be anomalous to the rules of markets and the law of value alike, we come to see the tools of accounting as markers of unaccountability. The rule in its suspension; suspended before us, visible from every angle.

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art, political economy, history, social reproduction, ecology, critical race theory, black studies, feminism, Marxism, value

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Centre for Cultural Studies (1998-2017)
Media, Communications and Cultural Studies


18 December 2018Published
28 October 2018Accepted

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15 Mar 2019 15:43

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28 Jul 2021 15:37

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