Why Is That Art? Aesthetics and Criticism of Contemporary Art

ISBN-10: 0199758808
ISBN-13: 9780199758807
Edition: 2nd 2012
Authors: Terry Barrett
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List price: $49.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/30/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Why is that art? Why is it in an art museum? Who says it's art? Why is it good? Author Terry Barrett addresses these questions about contemporary art using four key sources: a broad, diverse, and engaging sampling of works, the artists who created the works, philosophers of art, and art critics.Why Is That Art?introduces students to established theories of art through the presentation of contemporary works that include abstract and representational painting, monumental sculpture, performance art, video installations, films, and photographs.Ideal for courses in aesthetics, art theory, art criticism, and the philosophy of art, this unique book provides students with a newfound appreciation for contemporary art, scholarship, and reasoned argumentation.FEATURES* Explores a variety of established theories of art,including Realism, Expressionism, Cognitivism, Formalism, and Postmodernist Pluralism* Applies each theory to contemporary works of art,discussing strengths and limitations of each mode of interpretation* Brings abstract ideas together in an accessible waythrough extended examples, giving students the understanding and vocabulary to confidently enter critical dialogue about art* Includes Questions for Further Reflectionat the end of each chapter* Includes seventy illustrations,twenty-five of which are in full colorNEW TO THIS EDITION* Includes a new glossary of key terms* Expands the treatment of postmodernism,incorporating strategies of postmodernist art-making* Provides updated discussions of artistsJeff Koons, Kiki Smith, Paul McCarthy, and Andy Goldsworthy, as well as images of their new works

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
Introduction
Art
Honorific Definitions of "Art"
Classificatory Definitions
The Open Definition
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
Questions for Further Reflection
Notes
Realism: Art Is Realistic, Truthful, and Beautiful
Introduction
A Brief Overview of Realism
Plato
Aristotle
Kitsch
Pornography
Obscenity and Censorship
Photography, Reality, and Truth
What Does It Mean to Say That a Work Is "Realistic"?
Works of Art by Jeff Koons
Critical Commentary on Koons's Work
Koons's Thoughts about His Own Work
Paintings by Alexis Rockman
Critical Commentary on Rockman's Paintings
Rockman's Thoughts about His Own Work
Photographs by Andres Serrano
Critical Commentary on Serrano's Photographs
Serrano's Thoughts about His Own Work
Conclusion
Realism and Artists
Realism and Artworks
Realism and Audiences
Questions for Further Reflection
Notes
Expressionism and Cognitivism: Art Shows Feelings, Communicates Thoughts, and Provides Knowledge
Introduction
Expressionism and Cognitivism
Expressionist and Cognitivist Theories of Art
Leo Tolstoy
Benedetto Croce
R. G. Collingwood
Suzanne Langer
John Dewey
Nelson Goodman
Arthur Danto
Metaphor
Psychoanalytic Theory
Marxist Aesthetics
Joan Mitchell, Painter
Critical Commentary on Mitchell's Paintings
Mitchell's Thoughts about Her Own Work
Mitchell and Expressionism
Louise Bourgeois, Sculptor
Critical Commentary on Bourgeois's Sculptures
Bourgeois's Thoughts about Her Own Work
Bourgeois and Expressionism
Kiki Smith, Printmaker and Sculptor
Critical Commentary on Smith's Work
Smith's Thoughts about Her Own Work
Smith and Cognitivism
The Problem of Artistic Intent
Limitations of Expressionism and Cognitivism
Strengths of Expressionism and Cognitivism
Conclusion
Expressionism, Cognitivism, and Artists
Expressionism, Cognitivism, and Artworks
Expressionism, Cognitivism, and Audiences
Questions for Further Reflection
Notes
Formalism: Art Is Significant Form
Introduction
Precursors to Formalism
Is Beauty Objective or Subjective?
Early Formalism
Aesthetic Attitude and Aesthetic Experience
The Sublime
Immanuel Kant
G. W. F. Hegel
Twentieth-Century Formalism
Early Modern Abstractionists Kandinsky, Mondrian, and Malevich
Clive Bell
Clement Greenberg
Structuralism
Ferdinand de Saussure
Roland Barthes
Structuralism and Formalism
Agnes Martin: 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
Martin, Shapiro, Goldsworthy, and Formalism
Strengths and Weaknesses of Formalism
Conclusion
Formalism and Artists
Formalism and Artworks
Formalism and Audiences
Questions for Further Reflection
Notes
Postmodern Pluralism: Art Destabilizes the Good, the True, the Beautiful, and the Self
Introduction
Precursors to Poststructuralism and Postmodernism
Friedrich Nietzsche
Critical Theory, the Frankfurt School, and Neo-Marxism
Poststructuralism
Jacques Lacan
Michel Foucault
Julia Kristeva
Jacques Derrida
Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari
Richard Rorty
Feminism
Postmodernism
Jean-Fran�ois Lyotard
Jean Baudrillard
Fredric Jameson
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
Paul McCarthy: 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 Postmodern Pluralism
Approaches to Postmodern Artmaking
Escaping the Confines of Museums
Collapsing Boundaries Between "High" and "Low"
Rejecting "Originality"
Jouissance
Working Collaboratively
Appropriating
Simulating
Hybridizing
Mixing Media
Layering
Mixing Codes
Recontextualizing
Confronting the Gaze
Facing the Abject
Constructing Identities
Using Narratives
Creating Metaphors
Using Irony, Parody, and Dissonance
Conclusion
Postmodern Pluralism and Artists
Postmodern Pluralism and Artworks
Postmodern Pluralism and Audiences
Questions for Further Reflection
Notes
Conclusion
Introduction
Why Is Stacked Art?
Art by Definitions
Is Stacked a Good Work of Art?
Realist Considerations
Expressionist Considerations
Formalist Considerations
Postmodernist Considerations
Purposes of Art
Selecting Criteria
A Single Criterion or Multiple Criteria for All Works of Art
Questions for Further Reflection
Notes
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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