Art Theory: A Very Short Introduction

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OUP Oxford, Feb 13, 2003 - Art - 184 pages
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In today's art world many strange, even shocking, things qualify as art. In this Very Short Introduction Cynthia Freeland explains why innovation and controversy are valued in the arts, weaving together philosophy and art theory with many fascinating examples. She discusses blood, beauty, culture, money, museums, sex, and politics, clarifying contemporary and historical accounts of the nature, function, and interpretation of the arts. Freeland also propels us into the future by surveying cutting-edge web sites, alongside the latest research on the brain's role in perceiving art. This clear, provocative book engages with the big debates surrounding our responses to art and is an invaluable introduction to anyone interested in thinking about art. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Wonderfully easy read for beginners to art theory. I used this as a basis for a presentation I had in my philosophy class and it did help greatly with the basic underlying foundation of my topic. It ... Read full review

Review: But is It Art?: An Introduction to Art Theory

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my philosophy class has been reading this the past two weeks and it has made it easier to understand the aethetics of Plato, Aristotle and Kant so much better. if anyone has any interest in the philosophy of art and beauty this is a great book. Read full review


List of illustrations
Chapter 1Blood and beauty
Chapter 2Paradigms and purposes
Chapter 3Cultural crossings
Chapter 4Money markets museums
Chapter 5Gender genius and Guerrilla Girls
Chapter 6Cognition creation comprehension
Chapter 7Digitizing and disseminating
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Cynthia A. Freeland is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Houston. She has published on topics in the philosophy of art and film, ancient Greek philosophy, and feminist theory. She is also author of The Naked and the Undead: Evil and the Appeal of Horror (1999) and co-editor of Philosophy and Film (1995).

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