Invention of Art A Cultural History

ISBN-10: 0226753433
ISBN-13: 9780226753430
Edition: 2003
Authors: Larry Shiner
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Book details

List price: $31.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 4/15/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Larry Shiner challenges our conventional understanding of art and asks us to reconsider its history entirely, arguing that the category of fine art is a modern invention.

List of Illustrations
Preface
Introduction
The Great Division
Words and Institutions
Before Fine Art and Craft
Overview
The Greeks Had No Word for It
Art, techne, ars
The Artisan/Artist
Beauty and Function
Aquinas's Saw
From "Servile" to "Mechanical" Arts
Artificers
The Idea of Beauty
Michelangelo and Shakespeare: Art on the Rise
Opening up the Liberal Arts
The Changing Status of Artisan/Artists
The Ideal Qualities of the Artisan/Artist
Shakespeare, Jonson, and the "Work"
A Proto-Aesthetic?
Artemisia's Allegory: Art in Transition
The Artisan/Artist's Continuing Struggle for Status
The Image of the Artisan/Artist
Steps toward the Category of Fine Art
The Role of Taste
Art Divided
Overview
Polite Arts for the Polite Classes
Constructing the Category of Fine Art
The New Institutions of Fine Art
The New Art Public
The Artist, the Work, and the Market
The Separation of the Artist from the Artisan
The Ideal Image of the Artist
The Fate of the Artisan
The Gender of Genius
The Ideal of the "Work of Art"
From Patronage to the Market
From Taste to the Aesthetic
Learning Aesthetic Behavior
The Art Public and the Problem of Taste
The Elements of the Aesthetic
Kant and Schiller Sum up the Aesthetic
Countercurrents
Overview
Hogarth, Rousseau, Wollstonecraft
Hogarth's "Hedonist Aesthetics"
Rousseau's Festival Aesthetics
Wollstonecraft and the Beauty of Justice
Revolution: Music, Festival, Museum
The Collapse of Patronage
The Revolutionary Festivals
Revolutionary Music
The Revolution and the Museum
The Apotheosis of Art
Overview
Art as Redemptive Revelation
Art Becomes an Independent Realm
The Spiritual Elevation of Art
The Artist: A Sacred Calling
The Exalted Image of the Artist
The Descent of the Artisan
Silences: Triumph of the Aesthetic
Learning Aesthetic Behavior
The Rise of the Aesthetic and the Decline of Beauty
The Problem of Art and Society
Beyond Fine Art and Craft
Overview
Assimilation and Resistance
The Assimilation of Photography
Varieties of Resistance: Emerson, Marx, Ruskin, Morris
The Arts and Crafts Movement
Modernism, Anti-Art, and the Bauhaus
Modernism and Purity
The Case of Photography
Anti-Art
The Bauhaus
Three Philosopher-Critics on the Division of Art
Modernism and Formalism Triumphant
Beyond Art and Craft?
"Primitive" Art
Crafts-as-Art
Architecture as Art
The Photography-as-Art Boom
The "Death of Literature"?
Mass Art
Art and Life
Public Art
Conclusion
Notes
References
Index

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