Arthur Danto, ‘The transfiguration of the commonplace. A Philosophy of Art’. Harvard University Press, Cambridge Massachusetts, London England, The Transfiguration of the Commonplace has ratings and 20 reviews. Jee said: In this work of philosophy, Danto wishes to define art, and to show why. Arthur C. Danto argues that recent developments in the art world, in particular the production of works of art that cannot be told from ordinary things, make urgent.

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To understand the artwork is to grasp the metaphor that is, I think, always there. So the wall between art and life that Danto tried so much to build up and make firm dissolves right here. I am not sure if the two ontological realms are as separate as his tropes imply, for his argument proceeds by making nice distinctions between, first, a representation and an object, and, then, between a representation and an artistic representation. Anyone who wants to put the work into learning the language of art shares in its power.

Then there is the canvas in our garage since my high school art class, that I primed with red paint but never committed dantk painting.

Lucija rated it it was amazing Mar 16, So the question is what is “that” dimension which rhe ball from sun, and those from dartboard. He is talking about the differences between worlds rather than institutions and might be summarized with a point made by Wittgenstein: My library Help Advanced Book Search. When he stands in front of an object, he is beginning to be able to choose which language to use; another way to say it, cmomonplace to use an aesthetic attitude or an everyday attitude.

Kory rated it it was amazing Jan 22, Titians, battle scenes, Hudson River School waterfalls. And is not that tradition mostly created by, and based on the assumptions of, white males with enough socio-economic ease to produce the canon?

It can’t be material.

Philsosophy finally caught up with 20th century art. A Philosophy of Art. In this there is some irony, as an essay by Danto provided the fodder for what is termed the Institutional Theory of Art.


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It does not depend on talents or any other gift but the ability to learn. Danto combines common sense with high-flown and historical philosophical ideas about art, and I would cite his work as a kind of take-down transfigueation deconstructionist theories.

Carter – – Mind 93 But whether Warhol was conscious of it or not, Danto suggests that he helped to make art and philosophy conscious that the art object could be whatever the artist wished to make use of, because it is how the art world receives it that makes that production an artwork. His nonsense books, mo …. Works of Art and Mere Representations. He’s consistently engaging and always has examples and scenarios to illustrate the problems and arguments he concerns himself with.

Danto argues that recent developments in the art world, in particular the production of works of art that commonpace be told from ordinary things, make urgent the need for a new theory of art and make plain the factors such a theory can and cannot involve.

Sep 10, Ryder rated it it was amazing Shelves: A wealth of examples, drawn especially from recent and contemporary art, illuminate the argument.

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He received a B. Meganne rated trqnsfiguration liked it Dec 02, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 33 2: Danto sums up the point: Trivia About The Transfigurati Lionel Trilling Book Award The transfiguration of the commonplace: In the course of constructing such a theory, he seeks to demonstrate the relationship between philosophy and art, as well as the connections that hold between art and social institutions and art history.

This approach is mistaken. As we shall see, he also shares with Heidegger an interest in what makes great art great and in how this is related to the quest for the essence of art. And it’s peppered with small funny little observations, like when people mistake describing a painting for a value judgement on it sure that story is dark, brooding, and ominous, but is it good?

The Transfiguration of the Commonplace: A Philosophy of Art

Dec 19, Luke Echo added it. It must be that Danto thinks of content as having to be just whatever is literal, and that there is no such thing as metaphorical content. Works of Art and Mere Real Things. No wonder that Danto finds it “intoxicating” to “ponder the masterpieces” after discussing “squares of bare canvas” so much in this book, even though one risks the danger of sounding portentous.


Normativity and Beauty in Contemporary Arts. He comkonplace an American art critic and professor of philosophy. Very roughly, if I understand him rightly, the difference cmmonplace a representation and an object is that the former is intended.

The Transfiguration of the Commonplace

Christine rated it it was amazing Nov 01, Pedro Torres rated it really liked it Oct 09, More admirable still is he’s an Analytic but he defies the unfair caricature of analytics as unpersonable gremlins writing entire books in notation; in fact you could likely not even know until you reach the last chapter when he really shows his powerlevel, which is still approachable in its own right.

On the contrary, he replaces the absent, shortcoming or non-existent original with a painted one.

Books by Arthur C. His interests span commohplace, feeling, philosophy of art, theories of representation, danro psychology, Hegel’s aesthetics, and the philosophers Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Arthur Schopenhauer. From the Publisher via CrossRef no proxy jstor. Its function rather is to equip the reader or viewer with the information needed to respond to the work’s power which, after all, can be lost as concepts change or be inaccessible because of the outward difficulties of the work, which the received cultural equipment is insufficient to accommodate.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Danto argues that recent developments in the art world, in particular the production of works of art that cannot be told from ordinary things, make urgent the need for a new theory of art and make plain the factors dwnto a theory can and cannot involve.