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By David Carrier

ISBN-10: 0870235613

ISBN-13: 9780870235610

Artwriting is a philosophical learn of the background of contemporary American paintings feedback. service argues that an paintings should be understood in simple terms relative to interpretation, a functionality of feedback. yet not like paintings heritage, artwork feedback can't arrive at a consensus approximately what makes a "true" interpretation of an paintings. feedback can simply entice the persuasiveness of different serious narratives in deciding on an artwork's which means and price. service starts off via evaluating Greenberg's conception of modernism to Ernst Gombrich's heritage of the naturalistic culture and exhibits that genealogies of artwork types are usually not sufficient bases for selecting among paintings interpretations. He then demonstrates why Michael Fried's and Adrian Stokes' replacement antihistorical makes an attempt to flooring artwork interpretation within the presentness of an paintings also are insufficient. Explaining how artwork critics attracted to structuralism have started to beat the restrictions of those ways leads provider to modern feedback. All of those viewpoints, he concludes, were outmoded partly through an wisdom that at the present time the position of feedback may be understood basically on the subject of the paintings industry approach within which critics in addition to artists, buyers, creditors and museums play a job.

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IVY COMPTON-BURNETT Page ix Contents Acknowledgments xi Overture 1 1 Beginnings in Narrative Art Histories 15 2 Endings in Narrative Art Histories 42 3 The Presentness of Art 56 4 The Art System 78 5 Art Fashion 108 6 The Rhetoric of Artwriting 135 Notes 141 Index 157 Page xi Acknowledgments Artwriting is the product of my efforts as philosopher and art critic to understand the development of recent American art criticism. 1 When I was a graduate student, Richard Wollheim awakened my interest in aesthetics and in the work of Adrian Stokes.

1 describes an absolute beginning, the moment before which nothing happened. Other more parochial narratives have some starting point in time. "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife"Pride and Prejudice's first sentence marks the absolute beginning of Jane Austen's narrative. Because her fictional characters exist only in that text, it does not make sense to ask what they were doing earlier, even if her realism encourages us to think of the Bennets as existing at previous times.

Other cinquecento paintings might offer relevant data, and further archival research could pro- Page 4 1.  (Alinaria/Art Resource, New York) Page 5 duce additional evidence; one clear drawing showing the entire original work in situ would settle this dispute. To speak of conflicting interpretations, then, is both to acknowledge that today the authorities disagree and to note that there is some agreement about what evidence is relevant to this argument. " 4 How do we understand his suggestion that a red square can, depending upon how it is interpreted, be seven different artworks?

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