The presentation forms part of a larger study that tracks the emergence of what remains a highly influential account of the politics of contemporary culture. The argument considers on how accounts of culture and art, which influenced by and sympathetic to the New Left, responded to and deployed the categories of Marx’s Capital. In particular, the paper engages with Fredric Jameson’s essays, which associate recent so-called ‘isometric’ architecture with finance capital, to challenge the notion of ‘abstraction’ he advances.
Gail Day is Senior Lecturer at the School of Fine Art, History and Cultural Studies at University of Leeds. She is author of Dialectical Passions: Negation in Postwar Art Theory (New York: Columbia University Press, 2010)