The Transfiguration of the Commonplace
A Philosophy of Art
By (author) Arthur Coleman Danto
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Transfiguration of the Commonplace by Arthur Coleman Danto
Book DescriptionMr. Danto argues that recent developments in the artworld, in particular the production of works of art that cannot be told from ordinary things, make urgent the need for a new theory of art and make plain the factors such a theory can and cannot involve. In the course of constructing such a theory, he seeks to demonstrate the relationship between philosophy and art, as well as the connections that hold between art and social institutions and art history. The book distinguishes what belongs to artistic theory from what has traditionally been confused with it, namely aesthetic theory and offers as well a systematic account of metaphor, expression, and style, together with an original account of artistic representation. A wealth of examples, drawn especially from recent and contemporary art, illuminate the argument.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674903463
(210mm x 140mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jul-1981
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Arthur Coleman Danto
Navigating in the Dark, Paperback (May 2013)
Documents the work of this artist from three exhibitions in Athens, Rethymnon and London. Her large-scale, diverse installations offer a narrative of journeys, displacement and forced migration. The book includes essays on how Lemos' work relates to her Greek heritage and the philosophies behind her compelling creations.
Responsible Development, Hardback (March 2010)
Focuses on the economic collapse of 1997, and the effect on the status of East Asia as an economic power. The author looks at how currency depreciations, personal and state indebtedness, mass unemployment and rioting brought the paternalistic capitalist phase to an end in Asia, and analyzes Asia's complex recovery and future challenges.
Analytical Philosophy of Knowledge, Paperback (July 2009)
A discussion of the space between language and the world which has resulted in the problems of philosophy and theories of knowledge.
Neohoodoo, Hardback (June 2008)» View all books by Arthur Coleman Danto
Exploring how spirituality influenced artists in the late 20th century and bringing together an intergenerational group of artists from North, Central, and South America, this book reveals the implications of ritualized practice in contemporary art.
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Author Biography - Arthur Coleman Danto
Arthur C. Danto is Johnsonian Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University.
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