Unnatural Wonders: Essays from the Gap Between Art and Life

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Columbia University Press, 2007 - 384 páginas

Arthur C. Danto's essays not only critique bodies of work but reflect upon art's conceptual evolution as well, drawing for the reader a kind of "philosophical map" indicating how art and the criteria for judging it has changed over the twentieth century. In Unnatural Wonders the renowned critic finds himself at a point when contemporary art has become wholly pluralistic, even chaotic-with one medium as good as another-and when the moment for the "next thing" has already passed. So the theorist goes in search of contemporary art's most exhilarating achievements, work that bridges the gap between art and life, which, he argues, is now the definitive art of our time.

Danto considers the work of such young artists as John Currin and Renee Cox and older living masters including Gerhard Richter and Sol LeWitt. He discusses artists of the New York School, like Philip Guston and Joan Mitchell, and international talents, such as the South African William Kentridge. Danto conducts a frank analysis of Matthew Barney's The Cremaster Cycle, Damien Hirst's skeletons and anatomical models, and Barbara Kruger's tchotchke-ready slogans; finds the ghost of Henry James in the work of Barnett Newman; and muses on recent Whitney Biennials and art influenced by 9/11. He argues that aesthetic considerations no longer play a central role in the experience and critique of art. Instead art addresses us in our humanity, as men and women who seek meaning in the "unnatural wonders" of art, a meaning that philosophy and religion are unable to provide.

 

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A collection of pieces written since "the end of art"—not to be confused with the death of art.Borrowing his concept from Hegel, respected critic Danto observes that unlike the centuries of art made ... Leer reseña completa

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By now, collections of Columbia University philosopher Danto's review-essays on contemporary art are familiar; this fifth installment again centers on work reprinted from his regular column in the ... Leer reseña completa

Índice

Whitney Biennial 2000
19
Making Choices at MoMA
27
Chardin
36
Tilman Riemenschneider
44
Damien Hirst
53
Barbara Kruger
61
Yoko Ono
69
Sean Scully
77
Barnett Newman and the Heroic Sublime
188
Joan Mitchell
197
One Year Later
205
Reflections on Robert Mangolds Curled Figure and Column Paintings
213
The Park Avenue Cubists
219
Leonardos Drawings
226
Matthew Barneys Cremaster Cycle
234
Christian Schad and the Sachlichkeit of Sex
242

Paul McCarthy
85
Sol LeWitt
93
Yo Mamas Last Supper
101
William Kentridge
109
Picasso Erotique
117
Art and 911
125
Philip Guston
132
The Nixon Drawings
139
Alberto Giacometti
147
Norman Rockwell
155
Surrealism and Eroticism
163
Artemisia Gentileschi
172
Gerhard Richter
180
Kazimir Malevich
251
Max Beckmann
258
Whitney Biennial 2004
265
John Currin
272
Dieter Roth
279
The Art of Jeff Koons
286
Two Installations by Joshua Neustein
303
What Ever Happened to Beauty?
321
Fluxus and Philosophy
333
Painting and Politics
348
The Explanation and Critical Judgment of Works of Art
355
Index
369
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Arthur C. Danto is Johnsonian Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Columbia University and art critic for The Nation. His books include The Philosophical Disenfranchisement of Art and Art in the Historical Present, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award.

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