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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The Transfiguration of the Commonplace: Danto was born in So the artwork is constituted as a transfigurative representation rather than a representation tout court, and I think this is true of artworks, when representations, in off, whether this is achieved self-consciously, as in the arch work I have been discussing, or naively, when the artist simply happens to vest his subject with surprising yet penetrating attributes.

The Transfiguration of the Commonplace

Request removal from index. His interests span thought, feeling, philosophy of art, theories of representation, philosophical psychology, Hegel’s aesthetics, and the philosophers Maurice Athur and Arthur Schopenhauer.

Join Our Mailing List: My favorite chapters are 4 and 5 I was not, I admit, expecting to enjoy this book but just to learn from it.

On the contrary, he replaces the absent, shortcoming or non-existent original with a painted one. The book distinguishes hransfiguration belongs to artistic theory from what has traditionally been confused with it, namely aesthetic theory and offers as well a systematic account of metaphor, expression, and style, together with an original account of artistic representation.

He brings abstractions about art down-to-earth using real or hypothetical examples. It has some very interesting arguments about the questions of imitation in art or the cognitive power of danot work of art.


The Transfiguration of the Commonplace: A Philosophy of Art

In order to adequately convey what the off object presents, one must learn when to drop everyday language and adopt the language of the art world. Danto argues that recent developments in the art world, in particular the production of works of art that cannot be told dajto ordinary things, make urgent the need for a new theory of art and make plain the factors such a theory can and cannot involve.

The artist performs a transfiguration of the commonplace when he makes of his materials a w 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.

May 08, Jess rated it really liked it. I think my reading arthuur of danto may have been the reason for my not enjoying this book trwnsfiguration much. The digital Loeb Classical Library loebclassics. 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.

Ann Moss – – Clarendon Press. A good book about art Danto emphasizes on visual artsfrom the view of analytic philosophy.

However, what I found most valuable transfiguratipn the examples Danto provides in his unique, creative yet extremely logical and well-founded manner. Danto spends his time here with the question of what sets an ordinary object apart from what we generally describe as art.

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.

In the course of constructing such a theory, 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. It can’t be material. The structure of the artwork is thus very close to the structure of a metaphor.


He is an American art critic and professor of philosophy. Aesthetics and the Work of Art. This makes it ppossible, for example, that many feminists were produced by absorbing male dominated literature. If we carry this example far enough, it makes no difference at all. History of Western Philosophy.

This way of representing whatever he does represent is what I have in mind by style.

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When he stands in front of an object, he is beginning to be able to choose which language to use; another way to say it, whether to use an aesthetic attitude or an everyday attitude.

The first art philosophy book I read that seemed to make sense.

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. May 12, Damion added it. The transfiguration of the commonplace: Martha Oof – – Metaphilosophy 25 xrthur Mumei rated it really liked it Aug 19, Jun 23, Harvey rated it really liked it.

My copy is now peppered with post-it flags. Edward Lear is an apt character to think about at Christmas-time.