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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This makes it ppossible, for example, that many feminists were produced by absorbing male dominated literature. This is important, and we can’t lose sight of it. 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.

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 metaphor reads “the Saskia painting as life” or perhaps “life as the Saskia painting.

Paperbackpages. Here again, what is surprising to any reader of Danto who has spent much time on the first parts of his book is that in the last chapter he turns out to hold that works of art not only are about things but also express something about those things, that expression is a necessary condition for art.

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: Danto does not appear to share this concern but builds, instead, to the sense of equalitarianism that results from placing the emphasis on aesthetic experience rather than aesthetic production. Edward Lear is an apt character to think about at Christmas-time.


Carola Barbero – – Rivista di Estetica: He is best known as the influential, long-time art critic for The Nation and for his work in philosophical aesthetics and philosophy of history, though he has contributed significantly to a number of fields.

Arthur Danto’s Philosophy of Art. The Transfiguration of the Commonplace: Trivia About The Transfigurati Hence, an image is no means of referring to the real world, but, on the contrary, a means of substituting for it see: By concentrating on several controversial artworks and giving a philosophical background, he challenges the definition of art but also provides acceptable alternatives.

In this work of philosophy, Danto wishes to define art, and to show why contemporary art, having attained self-consciousness, is asking the same questions as philosophy. My copy is now peppered with post-it flags. We have three art objects, all art objec Danto is asking an interesting question in Transfiguration of the Commonplace: Images are precisely the opposite of signs.

The Transfiguration of the Commonplace: A Philosophy of Art

That’s really the best part, and Danto engages with a really wide and diverse range of thinkers og the subject. Carter – transfigurration Mind 93 Gaining entrance to the art world demands socialization into its form of life, into a new language.

We note a general Wittgensteinian family resemblance between the class of art objects, but what is the defining feature? In this there is some irony, as an essay by Danto provided the fodder for what is termed the Institutional Theory of Art.

The fundamental question this book addresses is “What is art? My text ‘ Are Rubens and Beuys colleagues ‘, deals vanto this fallacy. Open Preview See a Problem? 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.

The Transfiguration of the Commonplace

Danto doesn’t think “representation” is comprehensive enough because, perhaps atomically, not everything in the work, be it every note or brushstroke, can have a one to one correlation in a representative fashion there’s far more to it, but this will suffice. I think it goes without saying that this is one of the capital works in the field of the theory of art. Sign in Create an account.


Although thin, this one is hefty Philsosophy finally caught up with 20th century art. A younger person might have to employ a bit of research to nail down comjonplace analogies, but it would be worth the effort.

The Transfiguration of the Commonplace: A Philosophy of Art by Arthur C. Danto

Dec 03, John Herman rated it it was amazing Shelves: I expected to be infuriated by his ideas but ended up completely devoted. 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 hte those purported opposites. A good book about art Danto emphasizes on visual artsfrom the view of analytic philosophy.

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Why, I wonder, can’t the difference between the picture of Napoleon as Roman emperor and a picture in which Napoleon is a model for a Roman emperor be a matter of content? If we carry this example far enough, it makes no difference at all.

vanto 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. Oct 11, Lauren Albert rated it it was amazing Shelves: