But Is It Art? An Introduction to Art Theory

ISBN-10: 0192853678
ISBN-13: 9780192853677
Edition: 2002
Authors: Cynthia Freeland
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Description: In today's art world many strange, even shocking, things qualify as art. In this book, Cynthia Freeland explains why innovation and controversy are valued in the arts, weaving together philosophy and art theory with many fascinating examples. She  More...

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Book details

List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/4/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 254
Size: 4.50" wide x 6.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.704

In today's art world many strange, even shocking, things qualify as art. In this book, Cynthia Freeland explains why innovation and controversy are valued in the arts, weaving together philosophy and art theory with many fascinating examples. She discusses blood, beauty, culture, money, museums, sex, and politics, clarifying contemporary and historical accounts of the nature, function, and interpretation of the arts. Freeland also propels us into the future by surveying cutting-edge web sites, along with the latest research on the brain's role in perceiving art. This clear, provocative book engages with the big debates surrounding our responses to art and is an invaluable introduction to anyone interested in thinking about art.

Colour plates
Black and white illustrations
Introduction
Blood and beauty
Paradigms and purposes
Cultural crossings
Money, markets, museums
Gender, genius, and Guerrilla Girls
Cognition, creation, comprehension
Digitizing and disseminating
Conclusion
References
Further reading
Index

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