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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Art critic and philosopher Arthur C. Oct 10, Ann Michael rated it it was amazing. Works of Art and Mere Real Things. I love this book! A wealth of examples, drawn especially from recent and contemporary art, illuminate the argument. Even the type of representation is entirely different; mine is some ball in some pool, and yours is very specific, the sun in the sky in one particular point in time and history. But Is It Really Art?

The Transfiguration of the Commonplace: A Philosophy of Art

He would say that anything that was ever considered art was embedded in the viewpoints and possibilities of its time: He is an American art critic and professor of philosophy. The book distinguishes what belongs to artistic theory from what has traditionally been confused with it, namely aesthetic theory and offers as well a artuhr account of metaphor, expression, and style, together with an original transfkguration of artistic representation.

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.


Dec 19, Luke Echo added it. A wealth of examples, drawn especially from recent and contemporary art, illuminate the argument. I had an Aesthetics course this semester past, and though this text mis-translates a Borges story, it still arthr to be very good.

Certainly, the two books share many basic premises, the autonomy of art from everyday discourse being the most basic. Roughly stated, this argues that anything is art that museum directors and academics say it is, the job for the rest of us to supply the adulation. Mar 05, Kristina rated it it was amazing.

The way I translate this statement is to say that once you have said everything that could be said in everyday, non-aesthetic discourse about the art object, it is still not fixed by such language, that no one who enjoys the art object finds it described by such language. It has some very interesting arguments about the questions of imitation in art or the cognitive power of the work of art. Although thin, this one is hefty His book Encounters and Reflections: Thus, it is not all art that transfigures the commonplace.

He is talking about the differences between worlds rather than institutions and might be summarized with a point made by Wittgenstein: But, overall, it is a good read and fairly entertaining.

A wealth of examples, drawn especially from recent and contemporary art, illuminate the argument.

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Aesthetics and the Work of Art. Danto is asking an interesting question in Transfiguration of the Commonplace: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Ted Morgan rated it it was amazing Jan 22, One would never say of an actual flower that it was powerful but a picture of a flower can be.


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Other editions – View all The transfiguration of the commonplace: Oct 11, Lauren Albert rated it it was amazing Shelves: When the painter, on the other hand, paints a portrait, he does so not do to have us look out for the real person. 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.

The Transfiguration of the Commonplace

The first art philosophy book I read that seemed to make sense. But slowly, after many examples supplied by his aunt, the youngster learns that pictures of nonspectacular things can be powerful, things like a wilted flower. Danto has been criticized for his belief in duality, underlined by the Christian or Catholic figure of transfiguration, and reiterated throughout the book in his references to the body and the soul.