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ABSTRACT. In this article, I argue that visual culture art education (VCAE) has prematurely dismissed the question of taste. While problematizing taste as a form of social privilege, VCAE inadvertently misses the sensorial politics of aesthetic redistribution that is promised through the cultivation of taste. In an attempt to rewrite the relationship between VCAE and taste, I turn to David Hume, Jacques Rancière, and Davide Panagia in order to demonstrate how taste is more than simply cultural capital used to reproduce social inequality. Indeed, taste opens the self up to difference, undermining all social hierarchies separating those who enjoy from those who work. In conclusion, I argue for a distinction between art education for the democratization of taste and a taste for democracy. Whereas the former is paternalistic and falls prey to the critique offered by VCAE, the latter reveals the unique and irreplaceable way in which art education contributes to democratic politics. pp. 81–94

Keywords: David Hume; Jacques Rancière; Davide Panagia; visual culture art education; social justice art education; taste

TYSON E. LEWIS
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University of North Texas

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