Chapter two offers a summary of Heidegger's critique of philosophical aesthetics as essentially deriving from and reinforcing the modern subject-object divide. More interestingly, the author argues that, for Heidegger, the aesthetic understanding of art contributes to the Gestell characteristic of the modern technological age. Following immediately upon this analysis, chapter three offers an original interpretation of "The Origin of the Work of Art" and the manner in which Heidegger believes the work of art to be capable of breaking free of modern technological enframing.
Unlike many other treatments of this text, the author argues that it is Van Gogh's painting of the shoes, through its presentation of the nothing Nichts , that is most crucial to Heidegger's understanding of the originary power of the work of art.
Additionally, the author offers an interesting though not entirely convincing interpretation of Heidegger's nebulous earth-world distinction in terms of the more easily graspable and arguably more aesthetic foreground-background distinction. Despite the wealth of excellent scholarship on "The Origin of the Work of Art," this chapter offers fresh and helpful insight into Heidegger's engagement with art.
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