Art in Context: Understanding Aesthetic Value

Art in Context: Understanding Aesthetic Value


By (author) David E. W. Fenner

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  • Publisher: Swallow Press
  • Format: Paperback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 213mm x 25mm | 386g
  • Publication date: 25 March 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Ohio
  • ISBN 10: 0804011052
  • ISBN 13: 9780804011051
  • Edition: 1
  • Sales rank: 592,218

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The various lenses - ethical, political, sexual, religous, and so forth - through which we may view art are often instrumental in giving us an appreciation of the work. In "Art in Context: Understanding Aesthetic Value", philosopher David Fenner presents a straightforward, accessible overview of the arguments about the importance of considering the relevant context in determining the true merit of a work of art."Art in Context" is a systematic, historically situated, and historically evidenced attempt to demonstrate the importance of considering contexts that will, in the vast majority of cases, increase the aesthetic experience. While focusing on distance, detachment, aestheticism, art for art's sake, and formalism can at times be instructive and interesting, such approaches risk missing the larger and often central issue of the piece.Based on the findings of philosophers and critics, and on artwork throughout history, "Art in Context" provides a solid foundation for understanding and valuing a work of art in perspective as well as within the particular world in which it exists.Among the topics discussed: American naturalism, art for art's sake, Bach, John Cage, Casablanca, Leonardo da Vinci, Christo, Dadaism, de Kooning, Dickens, Duchamp, Isadora Duncan, Thomas Eakins, Frank Stella, Martha Graham, Winslow Homer, Jasper Johns, John Locke, David Lynch, Karl Marx, Mona Lisa, Claude Monet, Robert Motherwell, MOMA, Ortega y Gassett, Pop Art, Diego Rivera, Romanticism, Rothko, Salinger, Santayana, Scorsese, Shakespeare, Socialist Realism, Triumph of the Will, Van Gogh, Vermeer, Wittgenstein, Virginia Woolf, and, Frank Lloyd Wright.

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David E. W. Fenner is dean of the Graduate School at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida. He is the author of The Aesthetic Attitude and Introducing Aesthetics and the editor of Ethics and the Arts and Ethics in Education.