Common Love: Aesthetics of Becoming

Kaira M. Cabañas, Editor

Forewords by Gregory Amenoff and Robert E Harrist, Jr.

Acknowledgments by Kaira M. Cabañas

Contributions by Tomoko Kanamitsu, Kristen Chappa, Donald Johnson-Montenegro, and A.E. Benenson


The essays in Common Love, Aesthetics of Becoming take up the question of "love" in various ways. The point of departure is Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri's discussion of love in Commonwealth, excerpts of which were published in the October 2009 issue of Artforum. Hardt and Negri argue for a love that moves beyond identification (e.g, with the nation state) and beyond an idea of unification (e.g., as with romantic love). More related to art practice per se, art critic George Baker alludes to "love" when describing the sharing of forms: how film becomes sculptural, for example, or how painting moves toward a sculptural condition.