Why Art Matters
By (author) Matthew Kieran
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Revealing Art by Matthew Kieran
Book DescriptionWhy does art matter to us, and what makes it good? Why is the role of imagination so important in art? Illustrated with carefully chosen colour and black-and-white plates of examples from Michaelangelo to Matisse and Poussin to Pollock, Revealing Art takes us on a compelling and provocative journey. Kieran explores some of the most important questions we can ask ourselves about art: how can art inspire us or disgust us? Is artistic judgement simply a matter of taste? Can art be immoral or obscene, and should it be censored? He brings such abstract issues to life with fascinating discussions of individual paintings, photographs and sculptures, such as Michelangelo's Pieta, Andres Serrano's Piss Christ and Francis Bacon's powerful paintings of the Pope. He also suggests some answers to problems that any one in an art gallery or museum is likely to ask themselves: what is a beautiful work of art? and can art really reveal something true about our own nature? Revealing Art is ideal for anyone interested in debates about art today, or who has simply stood in front of a painting and felt baffled.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415278539
(198mm x 129mm x 23mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 2-Dec-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Matthew Kieran
Philosophical Aesthetics and the Sciences of Art: Volume 75, Paperback (December 2014)
This volume contains notable essays on the role of empirical enquiry in philosophical aesthetics.
Aesthetics and the Sciences of Mind, Hardback (August 2014)
How far should philosophical accounts of the value and interpretation of art be sensitive to the scientific approaches used by psychologists, sociologists, and evolutionary thinkers? A team of experts urge different answers to this question, and explore how empirical inquiry can shed light on problems traditionally regarded as philosophical.
Media and Values, Paperback (January 2008)
Provides an empirical investigation into the moral performance of the media. Based on 22 focus groups, three nationally representative questionnaire surveys and interviews with senior media personnel and regulators, this book charts the changing position of the media as a moral voice representing ways in which we live.
Contemporary Debates in Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art, Paperback (July 2005)» View all books by Matthew Kieran
Brings together fresh debates on eleven of the most controversial issues in aesthetics and the philosophy of art. Topics addressed include the nature of beauty, aesthetic experience, artistic value, and the nature of our emotional responses to art.
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Author Biography - Matthew Kieran
Matthew Kieran is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Leeds, UK. His is the co-editor of Imagination, Philosophy and the Arts (2003) and the editor of Media Ethics (1998), both published by Routledge.
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