First published the year after adorno died aesthetic theory marks the unfinished culmination of his remarkably rich body of aesthetic reflections it casts retrospective light on the entire corpus it casts retrospective light on the entire corpus. Aesthetic theory is adornos late magnum opus and among the most significant works on aesthetics of the twentieth century it is the highly crafted product of a career dedicated to thinking about art as a crucial feature of modernity. Theodor adorno 1903 69 was undoubtedly the foremost thinker of the frankfurt school the influential group of german thinkers that fled to the us in the 1930s including such thinkers as herbert marcuse and max horkheimer his work has proved enormously influential in sociology philosophy and cultural theory aesthetic theory is adornos posthumous magnum opus and the culmination of a . Adorno poses the problem of art and art theory in the twentieth century as the continuous re orientation of art and theory in continous tension over innovation representation and language a must read or in my case reread
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