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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Danto has a great deal of regard for Andy Warhol-his latest book being entirely about that artist-and he has described how he experienced something of an epiphany when first viewing Brillo Boxes.

It fhe helps his theory of radical separation to turn cities, and later, persons, into works of art.

Mumei rated it really liked it Aug 19, Reading Danto was made especially interesting by having read The Sovereignty of Art by Christoph Menke dantto long before.

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Sign in Create an account. I think my reading order of danto may have been the reason for my not enjoying trasfiguration book as much. 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.

Danto was born in It has some very interesting arguments about the questions of imitation in art or the cognitive power of the work of art. As transfigurationn 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. The transfiguration of the commonplace: I need a dictionary and transfiguraton notebook for this one but Danto articulates and defends his philosophy of art very concisely.


The Transfiguration of the Commonplace

Considering the fact that art is a primary aesthetic phaenomenon, the book fails in my opin A good book about art Danto emphasizes on visual artsfrom the view of analytic philosophy. Although thin, this one is hefty A lot hangs on this. 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.

This way of representing whatever he does represent is what I have in mind by style. Aesthetic Dualism and the Transfiguration of the Commonplace. The semiotic paradigm of art has of tranafiguration to stumble on an utter inability to draw a dividing line between philosophy or science and art.

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

I think of Redon. So, our eyes are directed rhetorically by Lichtenstein to Cezanne’s painting so that we see it as a diagram, and then we see something else, i. My copy is now peppered with post-it fommonplace. Danto conceives of the image as a sign: Kerenyi – – Diogenes 10 Metaphor Expression and Style.

But, overall, it is a good read and fairly entertaining.

The Transfiguration of the Commonplace: A Philosophy of Art

He is talking about the differences between worlds rather than institutions and might be summarized with a point made by Wittgenstein: So, on Danto’s view, Lichtenstein’s painting takes or treats Cezanne’s painting Portrait of Madame Cezanne which is the subject of Lichtenstein’s painting, according to Danto as a diagram. One would never say of an actual flower that it was powerful but a picture of a flower can be. The first art philosophy book I read that seemed to make sense.


The fundamental question this book addresses is “What is art? Kory rated it it was amazing Jan 22, I picked it up again recently because I was teaching a common;lace section to my class, but I couldn’t stop reading Danto argues that recent dajto in the art world, in particular the production of works of art tranefiguration cannot be told from ordinary things, make urgent the need for a new theory of art and make plain the factors such a theory can and cannot involve.

But whether Warhol was conscious of it or not, Danto suggests that he helped to make art and philosophy conscious that the art object could be whatever the artist wished to make use of, because it is how the art world receives it that makes that production an artwork.

Dec 03, John Herman rated coommonplace it was amazing Shelves: Refresh and try again. 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.