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Aug 04, Lynn marked it as to-read Transfiuration He is an American art critic and professor of philosophy. As a philosophy of Art, Danto’s theories work quite well as a groundwork for thinking about what art “is” or may be, and what it is not, and where the difficulties lie in discerning between those purported opposites. It can’t be material. Consider a youngster from a rural background with a relative who wishes to introduce him to the city.

I picked it up again recently because I was teaching a small section to my class, but I couldn’t stop reading Anyone who wants to put the work into learning the language of art shares in its power. While this last looks exactly like the other three, it is not an art object, just a thing in the world. Manufacturer warranty may not apply Learn more about Amazon Global Store. And he manages to do all of this in an entertaining way!

There are definitely more difficult parts but I found it a lot more readable than most contemporary philosophy.

The two classes of things, as he argues, belong to different ontological realms, hence, the title of his book.

He brings abstractions about art down-to-earth using real or hypothetical examples. Feb 01, Andreas Antoniou rated it liked it.

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There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Lists with This Book. If the categories are finally different, they are also procedurally nested in one another. Danto does not appear to share this concern but builds, instead, to the sense of equalitarianism that results from placing the emphasis on aesthetic experience rather than aesthetic production.


In order for the viewer to grasp the artistic intention behind the art work, the viewer must know or come to understand the meanings that the artist infused into the work.

The artist performs a transfiguration of the commonplace when he makes of his materials a work of art. Be the first to ask a question about The Transfiguration of the Commonplace. While some of his contemporary examples humorous and relevant are dated, heavily using s and s pop culture and artworld commentary and examples To ask other readers questions about The Transfiguration of the Commonplaceplease sign up.

Danto combines common sense with high-flown and historical philosophical ideas about art, and I would cite his work as a kind of take-down for deconstructionist theories.

The Transfiguration of the Commonplace: A Philosophy of Art

So Andy Warhol’s Brillo Box is a different thing from the Brillo box in the supermarket even though they look indiscernibly the same. The Transfiguration of the Commonplace: Nov 26, Jee Koh rated it really liked it. It has some very interesting arguments about the questions of imitation in art or the cognitive power bannal the work of art.

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In the course of constructing such a theory, he seeks to demonstrate the relationship between philosophy and art Arthur C. Reading Danto was made especially interesting by having read The Sovereignty of Art by Christoph Menke not long before.

He’s consistently engaging and always has examples and scenarios to illustrate the problems and arguments he concerns himself with. Explore the Home Gift Guide. My favorite chapters are 4 and 5, on the aesthetics, work, interpretation, and identification of art. It is not just, as is so often said, that metaphors go stale; they go dead in a way that sometimes require scholarly resurrection.

Books by Arthur C. These look, of course, exactly like the boxes in the cleaning section of our local supermarket. Considering the fact that art is a primary aesthetic phaenomenon, the book fails in my opin A good book about art Danto emphasizes on visual artsfrom the view of analytic philosophy. My view, in brief, is an expansion of the Peircian thesis that “the man is the sum total of his language, because man is a sign.


Danto spends his time here with the question of what sets an ordinary object apart from what we generally describe as art. I love this book! Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The fundamental question this book addresses is “What is art?

If we carry this example far enough, it makes no difference at all. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Criticism then, which consists in interpreting metaphor in this extended sense, cannot be intended as a substitute for the work. Gaining entrance to the art world demands socialization into its form of life, into a new language. transfoguration

Danto doesn’t think “representation” is comprehensive enough because, perhaps atomically, not everything in the work, be it every note or brushstroke, can have a one to one correlation in a representative fashion there’s far more to it, but this will suffice. Dan McKeaney rated it really liked it Jul 09, However, what I found most valuable were the examples Danto provides in his unique, creative yet extremely logical and well-founded manner.

I think of Redon. 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 arrhur in time and history. Very roughly, if I understand him rightly, the difference between a representation and an object is that the former is intended. Wow, this shows just how long ago I’ve looked at this site. Refresh and try again.