ARTS & SOCIETIES
 

LETTER OF SEMINAR 50

Centre d’Histoire de Sciences Po

 
 
 

HARTUNG-BERGMAN FOUNDATION SEMINAR
JUNE 2012

THE ARTIST EXCEPTED
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Fondation Hartung-Bergman

Nathalie Heinich

On Artists, or How to Justify Inequality



Editorial Director: Laurence Bertrand Dorléac
Editorial Staff: Carole Gautier and Cécile Pichon-Bonin
Translator: David Ames Curtis

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EDITORIAL

 

           In her last book, De la visibilité. Excellence et singularité en régime médiatique, Nathalie Heinach studied “visibility capital,” which grants a form of superiority to those who possess it.  This phenomenon, which was constantly growing in scope throughout the twentieth century, offered her the opportunity to reexamine the notion of the “total social fact,” in Marcel’s Mauss’s sense of the term.  Here, she inquires into how the inequality in the status of the artist is to be justified as she flushes out the contradiction inherent to our democratic regime, which oscillates between recognition of excellence and the extolling of equality, aristocratic pride and democratic envy.


Laurence Bertrand Dorléac


       

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