ARTHUR C. DANTO. The Transfiguration of the Commonplace. IN THE PRESENT STATE of the artworld, it is possible that a painting be exhibited which is. The Transfiguration of the Commonplace. Author(s): Arthur C. Danto. Source: The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Vol. 33, No. 2 (Winter, ), pp. The Transfiguration of the Commonplace has ratings and 20 reviews. Arthur C. Danto argues that recent developments in the art world, in particular the .
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The Transfiguration of the Commonplace
By concentrating on several controversial artworks and giving a philosophical background, he challenges the definition of art but also provides acceptable alternatives. He’s consistently engaging and always has examples and scenarios to illustrate the problems and arguments he concerns himself with.
These examples nicely make the point that an art work is what it is because of the traditions surrounding it, what the world was like around it, all this knowledge building to our attitude toward it.
Ted Morgan rated it it was amazing Jan 22, Also here a soft breeze suffices to let the whole construction collapse: 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.
Lionel Trilling Book Award He is best known as the influential, long-time art critic for The Nation and for his work in philosophical aesthetics and philosophy of history, though he has contributed significantly to a number of fields. Ever since Peirce, ever new authors keep trotting out ever new solutions, which ever again fail to provide a convincing answer.
He is talking about the differences between worlds rather than institutions and might be summarized with a point made by Wittgenstein: I expected to be infuriated by his ideas but ended up completely devoted.
The artist performs a transfiguration of the commonplace when he makes of his materials a w In this work of philosophy, Danto wishes to define art, and to show why contemporary art, having attained self-consciousness, is asking the same questions as philosophy.
I find Danto’s theories to be, at times, problematic, but he is an engaging writer something of a rarity amongst most art philosophers these days, I find and although I initially borrowed this for what proved to be a rather tiresome essay, I enjoyed reading it.
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Kerenyi – – Diogenes 10 I think his theory leaves a lot to be desired, and has several holes. Indeed, Danto tells us that Warhol truly liked Campbell soups. If a man is a system of representations, his style is the style of these. But Is It Really Art? It has some very interesting arguments about the questions of imitation in art or the cognitive power of the work of art.
The question how he does conceive these concepts need not further concern us here. Even the type of representation is entirely different; mine is some ball in some pool, and yours is very specific, the sun in the sky in one particular point in time and history.
I had an Aesthetics course this semester past, and though this text mis-translates a Borges story, it still manages to be very good.
Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The structure of the artwork is thus very close to the structure of a metaphor.
Danto is asking an interesting question in Transfiguration of the Commonplace: The artist performs a transfiguration of the commonplace when he makes of his materials a work of art. Danto argues that recent developments in the art world, 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.
Marcelo Santos rated it it was amazing May 14, He is an American art critic and professor of philosophy. And it’s peppered with small funny little observations, like when people mistake describing a painting for a value judgement on it sure that story is dark, brooding, and ominous, but is it good? Gaining entrance to the art world demands socialization into its form of life, into a new language.
Our recent titles are available via Edelweiss. A pick of quotations to make it clear that also Danto sinks into this quicksand: My favorite chapters are 4 and 5, on the aesthetics, work, interpretation, and identification of art.
Overall this was great, it’s a deliberate antidote to the preth century understandings of art, both in terms of philosophers and of common regressive perspectives.
Mar 05, Kristina rated it it was amazing. And just for one final addition say there’s a camp counselor painting a target for darts, she paints a large yellow circle on a blue background so the target sticks out, but before she can paint the hransfiguration of the target she gets word from the higher-ups that they don’t want kids playing with darts after what happened last year, so arthir project is abandoned.
Reading Danto was made especially interesting by having read The Sovereignty of Art by Christoph Menke not long before.
A Philosophy of Art. The Transfiguration of the Commonplace: In the course of constructing such a theory, he gransfiguration to demonstrate the relationship between philosophy and art, as well as the connections that hold between art and social institutions and art history.