A promise not satisfied

“Aesthetic art promises a political accomplishment that it cannot satisfy, and thrives on that ambiguity. That is why those who want to isolate it from politics are somewhat beside the point. It is also why those who want to fulfill its political promise are condemned to a certain melancholy.”

Jacques Ranciere, “The Aesthetic Revolution and its Outcomes,” New Left Review 14 Mar-Apr, 2002, p.151