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World Art History and Its Objects

ISBN-10: 0271034157
ISBN-13: 9780271034157
Edition: 2008
Authors: David Carrier
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Description: Is writing a world art history possible? Does the history of art as such even exist outside the Western tradition? Is it possible to consider the history of art in a way that is not fundamentally Eurocentric? In this highly readable and provocative  More...

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Book details

List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press
Publication date: 10/13/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Is writing a world art history possible? Does the history of art as such even exist outside the Western tradition? Is it possible to consider the history of art in a way that is not fundamentally Eurocentric? In this highly readable and provocative book, David Carrier, a philosopher and art historian, does not attempt to write a world art history himself. Rather, he asks the question of how an art history of all cultures could be written-or whether it is even possible to do so. He also engages the political and moral issues raised by the idea of a multicultural art history. Focusing on a consideration of intersecting artistic traditions, Carrier negotiates the way meaning and understanding shift or are altered when a visual object from one culture, for example, is inserted into the visual tradition of another culture. A World Art History and Its Objects proposes the use of temporal narrative as a way to begin to understand a multicultural art history.

List of Figures and Diagrams
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Overture: Islamic Carpets in European Paintings
Works of Art and Art-Historical Narratives
Monocultural Art-History Narratives
Why Monoculturalism Is Not the Whole Story
What Happens When Art-Making Traditions Intersect
Charts and Works of Art
The Importance of an Aesthetic
Exotic Aesthetics
How Exotic Can Exotic Art Be?
Our World Art History Is Imperialism Seen Aesthetically
Mutual Respect as an Ethical Ideal
Conclusion: The Coming Transformation of Western Art History
Selective Annotated Bibliography
Index

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