The leading theorist of the art world today – the adjective Rancièrian is already in use – returns with his bestselling manifesto on the relationship between art and politics, newly available in paperback. Ranciere’s political engagement with artistic production has made him the theorist that art critics and artists turn to; according to an article in Tate Etc, “we’re now in the middle of a phase dominated by Jacques Rancière’s political reflections on aesthetics”.
In The Future of the Image Rancière covers a range of art movements and thinkers, ranging from Godard and Bresson to Foucault, Barthes, Adorno, Lyotard and Deleuze, as he develops a fascinating new concept of the image in contemporary art and film.
The book has been described as “A series of gratifyingly knotty and close discussions of nineteenth and twentieth century literature, film and painting” (Guardian) and as ‘vertiginously precise’ (Les Cahiers du Cinéma). According to Slavoj Zizek, “Rancière’s writings offer one of the few conceptualizations of how we are to continue to resist”.
Other books by Rancière are Hatred of Democracy and On the Shores of Politics. Verso will be publishing his highly anticipated follow-up to The Future of the Image, The Emancipated Spectator, this September, along with the paperback Hatred of Democracy.