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Unnatural Wonders: Essays from the Gap Between Art and Life Arthur C. Danto

Unnatural Wonders: Essays from the Gap Between Art and Life

Arthur C. Danto

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ISBN : 9780374281182
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384 pages
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An Incisive Account of the Bizarre, Often Bewildering Art World of TodayArthur Dantos new collection finds him, and the art world, at a point when the art world has become pluralistic, even chaotic-with one medium as good as the next-when theMoreAn Incisive Account of the Bizarre, Often Bewildering Art World of TodayArthur Dantos new collection finds him, and the art world, at a point when the art world has become pluralistic, even chaotic-with one medium as good as the next-when the moment for next things has passed.Since 1984, when Danto-already an eminent philosopher--became The Nations art critic, he has been one of the foremost theorists of contemporary arts history and evolution, and at the same time the most incisive and illuminating critic of new work. In his view, the historical development of art reached a kind of zenith in the pop period, most famously with Warhols Brillo Boxes. Dantos five volumes of review essays (all published by FSG) form a kind of chronicle of the art world since the Brillo moment, and a running appraisal of the great variety of significant work made since then. In this new book, he shows how work that bridges the gap between art and life is now the definitive work of our time: Damien Hirsts arrays of skeletons and anatomical models, Barbara Krugers tchotchke-ready slogans, Renee Coxs nude portrait of herself at the Last Supper. To the obvious question--is this stuff really art?--Danto replies with an enthusiastic yes, explaining, with a philosophers clarity and an art lovers sense of delight, how these unnatural wonders show us who we are.