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

I need a dictionary and a notebook for this one but Danto articulates and defends his philosophy of art very concisely. The book distinguishes what 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.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Danto, however, is a surprisingly entertaining philosophical writer. 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.

More admirable still is he’s an Analytic but he defies the unfair caricature of analytics as unpersonable gremlins writing entire books in notation; in fact you could likely not even know until you reach the last chapter when he really shows his powerlevel, which is still approachable in its own right. Other editions – View all The transfiguration of the commonplace: The semiotic paradigm of art has of necessity to stumble on an utter inability to draw a dividing line between philosophy or science and art.

He is also that rare thing–a philosopher who gives examples! Harvard University Press- Philosophy – pages.

Ted Morgan rated it it was amazing Jan 22, Sign in Create an account. Transfigueation 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. And is not that tradition mostly created by, and based on the assumptions of, white males with enough socio-economic ease to produce the canon?


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Review of ‘Danto: Transfiguration of the commonplace’ by Stefan Beyst

Tramsfiguration 19, Luke Echo added it. Consider a youngster from a rural background with a relative who wishes to introduce him to the city.

Anyone who wants to put the work into learning the language of art shares in its power. A younger person might have to employ a bit of research to nail down those analogies, but it would be worth ot effort. It is not just, as is so often said, that metaphors go stale; they go dead in a way that sometimes require scholarly resurrection. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. He began teaching at Columbia University in and has been a professor since Co,monplace he manages to do all of this in an entertaining way!

If coincidentally, using the same set of paints on the same size canvas, I paint a large yellow circle with a background of blue and say it is a ball in a pool, and then you paint a large yellow circle with a background of blue and say it is the sun in the sky the day of Kennedy’s assassination, materially they are identical but obviously they are different paintings arising independently from specific ideas.

Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 33 2: I had an Aesthetics course this semester past, and though this text mis-translates a Borges story, it still manages to be very good. A Philosophy of Art by Arthur C. 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.

A pick of quotations to make it clear that also Danto sinks into this quicksand: Danto thinks it is closer to say it’s a mode of expression, in which there is a joining between metaphor, rhetoric, and style.

Ever since Peirce, ever new authors keep trotting out ever new solutions, which ever again fail to provide a convincing answer. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.


Michael Gerald Lafferty – unknown. Certainly, the two books share many basic premises, the tranafiguration of art from everyday discourse being the most basic. Very roughly, if I understand him rightly, the difference between a representation and an object is that the former is intended. More to come but it might take a while.

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Account Options Sign in. My text ‘ Are Rubens and Beuys colleagues ‘, deals with this fallacy. Marcelo Santos rated it it was amazing May 14, The two classes of things, as he argues, belong to different ontological realms, hence, the title of his book.

May 13, Crito commonlace it really liked it Shelves: Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Danto’s art object is arthuf that can transcend its production, its course determined by its reception, and we, it readers, listeners, receivers, responsible for what that means. Join Our Mailing List: I think my reading order of danto may have been the reason danti my not enjoying this book as much.

Danto argues that recent arghur in the art world, in particular the production of works of art that 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. Hence, an image is no means of referring to the real world, but, on the contrary, a means of substituting for it see: One of the essential statements in Transfiguration is to the effect that one must know that something is art before you can respond to it as art.