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Introduction; The Revival of Beauty; Concepts and Contexts; Positions; Biographical Notes; Bibliography; Index; Acknowledgements.
Dave Beech is a London-based British artist and writer. He is a member of the collective freee (www.freee.org.uk). A regular contributor to Art Monthly as well as periodicals such as Untitled, Mute and The First Condition, he has examined the legacies of the avant-garde in essays such as 'Art's Detractors', 'Shock vs Awe' and 'The Politics of Beauty'. He teaches at Chelsea College of Art and is the co-author of The Philistine Controversy (2002).
"In his introduction to this fascinating and timely anthology, Dave Beech tackles the politics of beauty, arguing with characteristic clarity that beauty is neither purely individual and subjective, nor is it entirely socially inscribed; rather it exists at the point of tension between the individual and society. It is thus political in the true sense because we can bring about changes in our perception of beauty. If, back in 1993, Dave Hickey resurrected the idea of beauty in art from the critical 'dead zone' into which it had been consigned, then with this anthology Beech has not only revivified the debate about the politics of beauty but he has brought it up to date." - Patricia Bickers, Editor, "Art Monthly," and Principal Lecturer, History and Theory of Art, University of Westminster, London