Art Theory

Art Theory

A Very Short Introduction

Book - 2003
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In today's art world many strange, even shocking, things qualify as art. In this Very Short Introduction Cynthia Freeland explains why innovation and controversy are valued in the arts, weaving together philosophy and art theory with many fascinating examples. She discusses blood, beauty, culture, money, museums, sex, and politics, clarifying contemporary and historical accounts of the nature, function, and interpretation of the arts. Freeland also propels us into the future by surveying cutting-edge web sites, alongside the latest research on the brain'srole in perceiving art. This clear, provocative book engages with the big debates surrounding our responses to art and is an invaluable introduction to anyone interested in thinking about art.
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2003, c2001.
ISBN: 9780192804631
Branch Call Number: 700.1 Fre 3701ma 1
Characteristics: 158 pages : illustrations


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Jul 05, 2017

Considering how brief it is, its thorough enough without resorting to jargon or dense prolixicalities, sometimes I thought it was too informal. The upshots of the theories are stated, but, given the brevity of the work, can't be explicated; the basic ideas of a theory are told to us and then she follows with their shortcomings, and how those shortcomings are satisfied by the next theory she introduces us to. There is a short further reading guide at the back, and a decent index too.

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