Artibus et Historiae no. 2 (I)

1980, ISSN 0391-9064

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FRANCO BERNABEI - From Adorno's Aesthetics: Guidelines for Art Criticism

This article concretely exemplifies and broadly develops several of Adorno's ideas on aesthetics, brought out in the conclusions of the article by this same author published in the first issue of Artibus et Historiae, where he treated several general problems of a possible sociology of the figurative arts, trying to outline the key points. The present essay does not claim to give an "alternative" proposal for interpretation of the visual arts nor to be an essay specifically on Adorno's aesthetics. The author rather asks the question whether it is right to make merely methodological use of Adorno, and chooses him rather to give an example of a certain application of sociology to considerations on art.

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