Since 1984, when he became art critic for "The Nation," Arthur C. Danto, one of America's most inventive and influential philosophers, has also emerged as one of our most important critics of art. As an essayist, Danto's style is at once rigorous, incisive, and playful. "Encounters and Reflections" brings together many of his recent critical ...
Since 1984, when he became art critic for "The Nation," Arthur C. Danto, one of America's most inventive and influential philosophers, has also emerged as one of our most important critics of art. As an essayist, Danto's style is at once rigorous, incisive, and playful. "Encounters and Reflections" brings together many of his recent critical writingson artists such as Andy Warhol, David Hockney, and Robert Mapplethorpe; and on the significance of issues like the masterpiece and the museum. The result is a spirited brief from the front lines of current aesthetic and philosophical debate."
Fine in Fine jacket. Collectible. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Half-cloth, 356 pp., index; 24 cm. Tight, clean copy. Dust jacket protected in a mylar book cover. Stated "First Edition." CONTENTS: Introduction: Artphilohistocritisophory Today; Encounters: David Sawin's Paintings; Eric Fischl; Alex Katz; Vienna 1900; Morris Louis; John Singer Sargent; Van Gogh at St. -Re my; Oskar Kokoschka; Hans Haacke and the Industry of Art; David Salle; Klee; Correggio and the Carracci; The Whitney Biennial, 1987; Joan Miro; Kimura/Berlinart; Cindy Sherman; Red Grooms; Henri Cartier-Bresson; The Hudson River School; Frank Stella; Raphael's Drawings; Charles Demuth; African Art and Artifacts; Fragonard; Later Chinese Painting; Paul Gauguin; Diebenkorn; David Hockney; Georges Braque; Robert Mapplethorpe; Salute to Veronese; Boccioni and Il Futurismo; Degas-Anselm Kiefer; Courbet Reconsidered; Goya and the Spirit of Enlightenment; Christian Boltanski; Sienese Painting; Robert Colescott and Russell Connor; The Whitney Biennial, 1989; Warhol; Reflections: Bad Aesthetic Times; Masterpiece and the Museum; Narratives of the End of Art.
Publishers Weekly, 1990-03-16 Danto, professor of philosophy at Columbia University and art critic for the Nation , culls a diverse selection of his investigations into the art world circa 1986-1990, grouped under the umbrella of Danto's chosen field of expertise: ``artphilohistocritisophory'' (so named to demonstrate the deeply enmeshed current ``complex'' of ``art makers, art historians, teachers, philosophers, and critics of art'' examined here). Forty-two brief ``encounters'' guide readers through the variously hallowed and embattled halls of New York City's cultural institutions as Danto delves into the meanings and motivations of past masters (Correggio) and contemporary figures (Robert Mapplethorpe) with sweeping enthusiasm. His longer and loftier ``reflections'' offer theoretical substantiation. The critic perceives ``bad aesthetic times'' and proffers Warhol`s pop commodity aesthetic as evidence that art as conventionally understood has come to an end; discussion should henceforth be couched in philosophical terms. While provocative and often eloquent, the volume may prove cumbersome and overly self-reflexive for those wishing to probe contemporary art in a traditional manner. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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