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    DescriptionMr. Danto argues that recent developments in the artworld, 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. 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. The book distinguishes what belongs to artistic theory from what has traditionally been confused with it, namely aesthetic theory and offers as well a systematic account of metaphor, expression, and style, together with an original account of artistic representation. A wealth of examples, drawn especially from recent and contemporary art, illuminate the argument.


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    Title
    The Transfiguration of the Commonplace
    Subtitle
    A Philosophy of Art
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Arthur Coleman Danto
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 208 mm
    Thickness: 14 mm
    Weight: 259 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780674903463
    ISBN 10: 0674903463
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: ART
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.0
    BISAC V2.8: PHI000000
    BIC subject category V2: ABA
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25820
    Ingram Theme: APPR/RDRCAT
    B&T General Subject: 610
    Ingram Subject Code: PH
    Libri: I-PH
    BISAC V2.8: PHI013000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    DC21: 700.1
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 700.1, 700/.1
    LC classification: BH39 .D36
    Thema V1.0: ABA
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    15 March 1983
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass
    Author Information
    Arthur C. Danto is Johnsonian Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University.
    Review quote
    One of the most philosophically interesting books to date in the philosophy of art. Concerned with defining 'work of art'...Danto demonstrates an enviable breadth of knowledge in both philosophy and art history. The result is a volume that is certain to be at the center of discussion in this area in the coming years. -- Marcia M. Eaton Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism This book is a long meditation on Brillo boxes putting themselves forward as-works-of art, or, 'gerrymandered' (Danto raids everywhere for his brilliant figurations) by interpretation into expressiveness, into metaphoricality. Malraux proposes seeing art as a metamorphosis performed by museums and juxtaposition and time (history). Danto proposes art as a metaphor of the commonplace. Art makes obvious things odd; it paradoxicalizes the ordinary. It defamiliarizes. Danto is fun...Buy it and read. Commonweal By focusing on the question 'How do banal objects become transfigured into works of art?,' the author exposes the definitive qualities of a work of art...The book contains an excellent discussion of 'style' in art. Danto both builds on and challenges some of the basic tenets of Nelson Goodman...This book will be heard of for some time to come. Choice
    Back cover copy
    One of the most philosophically interesting book to date in the philosophy of art. Danto demonstrates an enviable breadth of knowledge in both philosophy and art history.
    Table of contents
    *1. Works of Art and Mere Real Things *2. Content and Causation *3. Philosophy and Art *4. Aesthetics and the Work of Art *5. Interpretation and Identification *6. Works of Art and Mere Representations *7. Metaphor, Expression, and Style * Index