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But Is It Art?: An Introduction to Art Theory
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Oxford Univ Pr
Publication date April 4, 2002
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780192853677
ISBN-10 0192853678
Dimensions 0.75 by 4.50 by 6.50 in.
Weight 0.55 lbs.
Published in Great Britain
Original list price $14.95
Other format details university press
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Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: From Andy Warhol's Brillo boxes to provocative dung-splattered madonnas, in today's art world many strange, even shocking, things are put on display. This often leads exasperated viewers to exclaim--is this really art?

In this invaluable primer on aesthetics, Freeland explains why innovation and controversy are so highly valued in art, weaving together philosophy and art theory with many engrossing examples. Writing clearly and perceptively, she explores the cultural meanings of art in different contexts, and highlights the continuities of tradition that stretch from modern, often sensational, works back to the ancient halls of the Parthenon, to the medieval cathedral of Chartres, and to African nkisi nkondi fetish statues. She explores the difficulties of interpretation, examines recent scientific research into the ways the brain perceives art, and looks to the still-emerging worlds of art on the web, video art, art museum CD-ROMS, and much more. In addition, Freeland guides us through the various theorists of art, from Aristotle and Kant to Baudrillard. Lastly, throughout this nuanced account of theories, artists, and works, Freeland provides us with a rich understanding of how cultural significance is captured in a physical medium, and why challenging our perceptions is, and always has been, central to the whole endeavor.

It is instructive to recall that Henri Matisse himself was originally derided as a "wild beast." To horrified critics, his bold colors and distorted forms were outrageous. A century later, what was once shocking is now considered beautiful. And that, writes Freeland, is art.


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Hardcover
Book cover for 9780192100559
 
With David K. Irving | from Oxford Univ Pr (May 1, 2001)
9780192100559 | details & prices | 231 pages | 4.75 × 6.75 × 1.00 in. | 0.75 lbs | List price $16.95
This edition also contains Fundamentals of Film Directing
About: From Andy Warhol's Brillo boxes to provocative dung-splattered madonnas, in today's art world many strange, even shocking, things are put on display.
Paperback
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from Oxford Univ Pr (April 4, 2002)
9780192853677 | details & prices | 4.50 × 6.50 × 0.75 in. | 0.55 lbs | List price $14.95
About: From Andy Warhol's Brillo boxes to provocative dung-splattered madonnas, in today's art world many strange, even shocking, things are put on display.

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