Art in Peril: The Plight of the ViewerPublic
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As Walter Benjamin discussed in The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction more than seventy years ago, the dissolution of the aura of a work of art has equalized our social relation to the work of art. The liberation of art from an exclusive upper class status symbol has placed all viewers on equal footing in terms of their experience, but disappearance of the aura has eroded the perceptual worth of art. This work attempts to evaluate the current state of the aura of the work of art, as affected by the prevalence of commodity and the parasitic influence of kitsch on our modern world.
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