But is it Art?

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Februar 2002



From Andy Warhol's Brillo boxes to provocative dung-splattered madonnas, in today's art world many strange, even shocking, things are put on display. This often leads exasperated viewers to exclaim--is this really art?
In this invaluable primer on aesthetics, Freeland explains why innovation and controversy are so highly valued in art, weaving together philosophy and art theory with many engrossing examples. Writing clearly and perceptively, she explores the cultural meanings of art in different contexts,
and highlights the continuities of tradition that stretch from modern, often sensational, works back to the ancient halls of the Parthenon, to the medieval cathedral of Chartres, and to African nkisi nkondi fetish statues. She explores the difficulties of interpretation, examines recent scientific
research into the ways the brain perceives art, and looks to the still-emerging worlds of art on the web, video art, art museum CD-ROMS, and much more. She also guides us through the various theorists of art, from Aristotle and Kant to Baudrillard. Throughout this nuanced account of theories,
artists, and works, Freeland provides us with a rich understanding of how cultural significance is captured in a physical medium, and why challenging our perceptions is, and always has been, central to the whole endeavor.
It is instructive to recall that Henri Matisse himself was originally derided as a "wild beast." To horrified critics, his bold colors and distorted forms were outrageous. A century later, what was once shocking is now considered beautiful. And that, writes Freeland, is art.


List of Illustrations ;
1. Blood and Beauty ;
2. Paradigms and Purposes ;
3. Cultural Crossings ;
4. Money, Markets, Museums ;
5. Gender, Genius, and Guerrilla Girls ;
6. Cognition, Creation, Comprehension ;
7. Digitizing and Disseminating ; Conclusion ; References ; Further Reading ; Index


Cynthia A. Freeland is professor of philosophy at the University of Houston. She has published on topics in the philosophy of art and film, ancient Greek philosophy, and feminist theory. She is also author of The Naked and the Undead: Evil and the Appeal of Horror (1999) and co-editor of Philosophy and Film (1995).


In today's world many strange, even shocking things appear to qualify as art and Cynthia Freeland explains the value of innovation and controversy in the arts, weaving together philosophy and art theory with many fascinating examples discussing topical artists like Damien Hirst as well as historical examples like Goya and Velasquez. She also surveys cutting-edge websites along with the latest research on the brain's role in art perception.
EAN: 9780192853677
ISBN: 0192853678
Untertitel: An Introduction to Art Theory. 8 pp. colour plates, 24 halftones. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Oxford University Press
Erscheinungsdatum: Februar 2002
Seitenanzahl: 254 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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