Art vs. Life vs. Danto cont. He returns to the subject in the final chapter of his book by using the example of a Holy Grail vessel to illustrate his point. But Danto never quite explains how we know it is art in the first place.

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I heard words like philosophy and ideas come up a lot. Where packaged product and packaged celebrity was central to US culture of that time and most definitely ours. Warhol was an early adopter in commenting through his art on this prefab culture and capitalist economy behind it. I think now we are drowning in the wave he saw in its leading edge.

Witness who is in the white house right now and reality TV that created him. It was novel in the sixties but as Andy when asked if art was going to get repetitive and churn out more and more of taffy pop that he had his pulse on he answered: "most surely". In pursuit of this narrative Danto also omits any mention of the brilliant work Warhol did with Jean-Michel Basquiat in the s or his Rorschach paintings and Polaroids of the s, choosing to focus only on what Warhol termed "business art" -- art, such as commissioned portraits and dollar sign paintings, that celebrated and enacted business practice.

Danto succeeds in succinctly explaining what makes such objects high art. The space between the objects that Warhol duplicated and the art he produced in careful reproduction must be filled with an entire philosophy of art that simply could not have existed before Andy Warhol. Is there reason for another one? Well, first of all Danto is a good writer, and he points out what makes Warhol an interesting artist - a great one in fact.

One, is that Warhol is very much part of the mainstream American taste for consumer items, like yes, the soup - but he also quite subversive in his own manner as well. This is a very quick read, and I think for the Warhol curious, it will them check out other books -and hopefully the artwork and the films.

So, the Ah another book on Warhol. So, the book is not essential by any means, but a good introduction to Warhol and his world.


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Non-conventional definitions take a concept like the aesthetic as an intrinsic characteristic in order to account for the phenomena of art. In terms of classificatory disputes about art , Danto takes a conventional approach. His "institutional definition of art" considers whatever art schools, museums, and artists get away with, regardless of formal definitions. Danto has written on this subject in several of his recent works and a detailed treatment is to be found in Transfiguration of the Commonplace. Danto, Carroll Clause iv is what makes the definition institutionalist.


Arthur Danto

Museum The Warhol Museum mourns the loss of a brilliant mind whom many of us were fortunate to call a colleague, Arthur Danto, who passed on October 25, His perspectives on art shaped the aesthetic discourse of his times. Arthur Danto was a famous, much published philosopher. He wrote major studies of epistemology, historiography and the theory of action, as well as studies of such varied subjects as Nietzsche, Jean-Paul Sartre and Oriental Religion. He was a distinguished art critic, famous for the catholic range of his enthusiasms. And for one period, he was a successful practicing artist—he made prints.

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