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Why Is That Art? Aesthetics and Criticism of Contemporary Art

ISBN-10: 0195167422
ISBN-13: 9780195167429
Edition: 2007
Authors: Terry Barrett
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Description: Why Is That Art? addresses common questions that viewers raise about contemporary art: Why is that art? Why is it in an art museum? Who says it's art? If I did this, would it be art? Why is it good? Covering a broad, diverse, and engaging sampling  More...

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List price: $35.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/16/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.298

Why Is That Art? addresses common questions that viewers raise about contemporary art: Why is that art? Why is it in an art museum? Who says it's art? If I did this, would it be art? Why is it good? Covering a broad, diverse, and engaging sampling of works--abstract and representational painting, monumental sculpture, performance art, video installations, films, and photographs--author Terry Barrett responds to these questions using three sources: the artists who created the works, philosophers of art, and art critics. Introducing students to a variety of established theories of art, he presents the traditional sets of criteria of Realism, Expressionism, and Formalism, which are in turn updated by recent sources of Postructuralism. Barrett applies each of these theories to challenging works of contemporary art, pointing out the strengths and weaknesses of each mode of interpretation. He encourages students to consider many criteria when evaluating an artwork, to critically examine judgments made by others, and to make informed judgments of their own. Ideal for courses in aesthetics, art criticism, and the philosophy of art, Why Is That Art? is organized chronologically according to the history of aesthetics. It features sixty-seven illustrations (twenty-six in a full-color insert), discusses a wide range of American and European artists, and includes an exceptional overview of postmodern pluralism. This unique book will provide students with a newfound appreciation for contemporary art, scholarship, and reasoned argumentation, giving them the confidence to join the fascinating discourse on contemporary art.

Terry Barrett is Professor of Art Education, with a joint appointment in the Department of Art, at The Ohio State University, where he is the recipient of a distinguished teaching award for courses in criticism and aesthetics within education. He has authored four books: Interpreting Art: Reflecting, Wondering and Responding; Criticizing Art: Understanding the Contemporary (2nd ed.); Criticizing Photographs: An Introduction to Understanding Images (4th ed.); and Talking about Student Art. He edited the anthology Lessons for Teaching Art Criticism, published articles in Aesthetic Education, Afterimage, Art Education, Exposure, Camera-Lucida, Dialogue, Cultural Research in Art Education, New Advocate, New Art Examiner, Studies in Art Education, Teaching Artist Journal, Theory into Practice, Visual Arts Research, and many chapters in edited books. He is an art critic in education for the Ohio Arts Council, consults museum education departments, juries exhibitions, and conducts workshops on studio critiques and writing.

Illustrations
Preface
Introduction
Artworlds and Definitions: How That Became Art
Art Honorific Definitions of "Art": The Open Definition: Classificatory Definitions: Aesthetics
Art Criticism
Interpretation and Judgment
Critics on Criticizing
Criticizing Criticism
Criticism and Aesthetics
Skepticism about Art, Aesthetics, and Criticism
Aesthetics, Art Criticism, and Visual Culture
Aestheticians, Artists, Critics, and Readers
Realism
Art Is Realistic, True, and Beautiful
A Brief Overview of Realism Plato
Works of Art
Critical Commentary on Koons's Work
Koons's Thoughts about His Own Work: Kitsch: Aristotle
Paintings
Critical Commentary on Rockman's Paintings
Rockman's Thoughts about His Own Work
Photographs by Andres Serrano
Critical Commentary on Serrano's Photographs
Pornography Obscenity and Censorship
Photography, Reality, and Truth
What Does It Mean to Say That a Work Is "Realistic"?
Conclusion
Realism and Artists
Realism and Artworks
Realism and Audiences
Expressionism and Cognitivism: Art Shows Feelings, Communicates Thoughts, and Provides Knowledge
Expressionism and Cognitivism Expressionist and Cognitivist
Theories of Art
Metaphor
Psychoanalytic Theory
Marxist Aesthetics
Critical Commentary on Mitchell's
Thoughts about Her Own Work: Mitchell and Expressionism: Louise Bourgeois, Sculptor Critical Commentary on Bourgeois's
Thoughts about Her Own Work: Bourgeois and Expressionism
Printmaker and Sculptor
Critical Commentary on Smith's Work
Thoughts about Her Own Art: Smith and Cognitivism: Expressionism and Artistic Intent
Limitations of Expressionism and Cognitivism Strengths and Weaknesses of Expressionism and Cognitivism
Conclusion
Expressionism, Cognitivism, and Artists: Expressionism, Cognitivism, and Artworks: Expressionism, Cognitivism, and Audiences
Formalism: Art Is Significant Form
Precursors to FormalismIs Beauty Objective or Subjective?: Early Formalism
Aesthetic Attitude and Aesthetic
Experience: The Sublime
Twentieth-Century Formalism
Early Modern Abstractionists
Malevich
Clement Greenberg
Paintings and Drawings
Critical Commentary on Martin's Work: Martin's
Thoughts about Her Own Work: Joel Shapiro: Sculptures Critical Commentary on Shapiro's Work: Shapiro's
Thoughts about His Own Work: Andy Goldsworthy: Environmental Sculptures Critical Commentary on Goldsworthy's Work: Goldsworthy's
Thoughts about His Own Work:
Formalism Strengths and Weaknesses of Formalism Conclusion
Formalism and Artists
Formalism and Artworks
Formalism and Audiences
Postmodern Pluralism
Art Destabilizes the Good, the True, the Beautiful, and the Self Precursors to Poststructuralism and Postmodernism
Friedrich Nietzsche: Critical Theory, the Frankfurt School, Neo-Marxism: Structuralism
Ferdinand de Saussure: Roland Barthes: Structuralism and Formalism: Poststructuralism
Feminism
Postmodernism
Postcolonialism
Cindy Sherman: Photographs
Critical Commentary on Sherman's Photographs
Sherman's Thoughts about Her Own Work
Cindy Sherman and Postmodern Pluralism
Lorna Simpson: Photographs with Words
Critical Commentary on Simpson's Work: Simpson's Thoughts about Her Own Work: Lorna Simpson and Postmodern Pluralism:
Performances, Videos, and Sculptures
Critical Commentary on McCarthy's Work: McCarthy's Thoughts about His Own Work: McCarthy and Postmodern Pluralism
Strengths and Weaknesses of Postmodernist Pluralism
Conclusion

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