Arthur Danto, ‘The transfiguration of the commonplace. A Philosophy of Art’. Harvard University Press, Cambridge Massachusetts, London England, The Transfiguration of the Commonplace has ratings and 20 reviews. Jee said: In this work of philosophy, Danto wishes to define art, and to show why. Arthur C. 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.

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Hence, an image is no means of referring to the real world, but, on the contrary, a means of substituting for it see: Danto worries in the next paragraph about the exalted nature of these reflections and then says that we must think about “what makes art an exalted activity” that is universally respected.

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Dan McKeaney rated it really liked it Jul 09, Mar 05, Kristina rated it it was amazing. Account Options Sign in. 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.

No wonder that Danto finds it “intoxicating” to “ponder the masterpieces” after discussing “squares of bare canvas” so much in this book, commomplace though one risks the danger of sounding portentous. Works of Tgansfiguration and Mere Real Things. In this there is some irony, as an essay by Danto provided santo fodder for what is termed the Institutional Theory of Art. Carola Barbero – – Rivista di Estetica: Philsosophy finally caught up with 20th century art.

Reading Danto was made especially interesting by having read The Sovereignty of Art by Christoph Menke not long before. This relates to the larger issue of what is meant by “seeing” where Danto tends to see seeing as a matter that excludes whatever we “see as,” and I have trouble seeing it this way. What is this saying?


Hart – – Process Studies 19 1: I had an Aesthetics course this semester past, and though this text mis-translates a Borges story, it still manages to be very good. While some of his contemporary examples humorous and relevant are dated, heavily using s and transfiguratiob pop culture and artworld commentary and examples He is also the art critic for The Nation and an editor for the Journal of Philosophy.

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Nov 26, Jee Koh rated it really liked it. Gainsborough’s painting as time or again, time as Gainsborough’s painting But slowly, after many examples supplied by his aunt, the youngster learns that pictures of nonspectacular things can be powerful, things like a wilted flower.

In this case “the artwork becomes a metaphor for life and life is transformed. He brings abstractions about art down-to-earth using real or hypothetical examples. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Aug 24, Dora rated it it was amazing Shelves: Works of Art and Mere Representations. Join Our Mailing List: The question how he does conceive these concepts need not further concern us here.


Oct 11, Lauren Albert rated it it was amazing Shelves: Normativity and Beauty in Contemporary Arts. But, to play this out, we need to turn to his last chapter. At the end of the sixth chapter Danto tells us that in the final chapter chapter seven he will engage in “intense analytical scrutiny” of the features that he began to stress in the sixth chapter, getting insight into the concepts of style and expression by way of studies in “the language of mind” whereby art is seen as externalizing consciousness or the artist’s way of seeing.

Roughly stated, commonpkace argues that anything is art that museum directors and academics say it is, the job for the rest of us to supply the adulation.


The Transfiguration of the Commonplace

Danto has a great deal of regard for Andy Warhol-his latest book being entirely about that artist-and he has described how he experienced something of an epiphany when first viewing Brillo Boxes.

I find Danto’s theories to be, at times, problematic, oof 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.

Commonplaec thin, this one is hefty It scarcely helps his theory of radical separation to turn cities, and later, persons, into works of art. So much is packed into this it is hard to parse it out.

The Transfiguration of Everyday Life. Moreover, to a unique form of life, the only one that allows and perhaps encourages semantic deferral. George Berkeley – – London: The transfiguration of the commonplace: 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.

Cezanne “as seeing the world as a schematized structure. Paperbackpages. It does not depend on talents or any other gift but the ability to learn. By concentrating on several controversial artworks and giving a philosophical background, he challenges the definition of art but also provides acceptable alternatives. Danto, however, is a surprisingly entertaining philosophical writer. The answer to this question is simple, as long as one bears in mind that there are several transformations through which perceptually identical things can come to belong to several different ontological domains.

A wealth of examples, drawn especially from recent and contemporary art, illuminate the argument.