ARTHUR C. DANTO. The Transfiguration of the Commonplace. IN THE PRESENT STATE of the artworld, it is possible that a painting be exhibited which is. The Transfiguration of the Commonplace. Author(s): Arthur C. Danto. Source: The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Vol. 33, No. 2 (Winter, ), pp. The Transfiguration of the Commonplace has ratings and 20 reviews. Arthur C. Danto argues that recent developments in the art world, in particular the .

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I love this book! Works of Art and Mere Transfihuration Things. Anyone who wants to put the work into learning the language of art shares in its power. It is not just, as is so often said, that metaphors go stale; they go dead in a way that sometimes require scholarly resurrection. Sep 10, Ryder rated it it was amazing Shelves: Very roughly, if I understand him rightly, the difference between a representation and an object is that the former is intended.

It can’t be material. When taken to the museum, the child can only supply the language of everyday objects to the artwork, and the only pictures to which he can apply the word powerful are those with imposing contents: More to come but it might take a while. Be the first to ask transfigugation question about The Transfiguration of the Commonplace.

Moreover, Danto would maintain that all art, representational or not, has been tending this way since before, but especially since, the time when a main theme of art became the investigation of itself, what some would call the onset of Modernism. Published March 15th by Harvard University Press transfihuration published A wealth of examples, drawn especially from recent and contemporary art, illuminate the argument.


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 dantk history.

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By concentrating on several controversial artworks and giving a philosophical background, he challenges the definition of art but also provides acceptable alternatives. Death and Bodily Transfiguration. History of Western Philosophy.

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My view, in brief, is an expansion of the Peircian thesis that “the man is the sum total of his language, because man is a sign. I was not, I admit, expecting to enjoy this book but just to learn from it. Aug 24, Dora rated it it was amazing Shelves: Aesthetics and the Dantoo of Art. I wish I had a Kindle copy so that I could easily copy quotes. There are no discussion topics on datno book yet.

The Transfiguration of the Commonplace

Want to Read saving…. Danto’s art object is one that can transcend its production, its course determined by its reception, and we, it readers, listeners, receivers, responsible for what that means.

Lionel Trilling Book Award The first art philosophy book I read that seemed to make sense. As a philosophy of Art, Danto’s theories work quite well as a groundwork for thinking about what art “is” or may be, and what it is not, and where the difficulties lie in discerning between those purported opposites. Thus, it is not all art that transfigures the commonplace. No trivia or quizzes yet. 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 for deconstructionist theories.

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Books by Arthur C. A younger person might have to employ a bit of research to nail down those analogies, but it would be worth the effort. Matt Churgin rated it it was amazing Mar 28, Kory rated it it was amazing Jan 22, Kerenyi – – Diogenes 10 Danto spends his time here with the question of what sets an ordinary object apart from what we generally describe as art.

Arthur Danto’s Philosophy of Art. Works of Art and Mere Representations. The transfiguration of the commonplace: That’s really the best part, and Danto engages with a really wide and diverse range of thinkers on the subject. Request removal from index. Consider a youngster from a rural background with a relative who wishes to introduce him to the city.

The difference between a representation and an artistic representation is that the latter is artistically intended, meaning, the artist, with his knowledge of the artworld and art history, intends to make a work of art. What is this saying? I’ll be sure to check out more Danto soon. Other editions – View all The transfiguration of the commonplace: