Introducing Philosophy of Art: In Eight Case Studies
Derek Matravers introduces students to the philosophy of art through a close examination of eight famous works of twentieth-century art. Each work has been selected in order to best illustrate and illuminate a particular problem in aesthetics. Each artwork forms the basis of a single chapter and readers are introduced to such issues as artistic value, intention, interpretation, and expression through a careful analysis of the artwork. Questions considered include what does art mean in contemporary art practice? Is the artistic value of a painting the same as how much you like it? If a painting isn't of anything, then how do we understand it? Can art be immoral? By grounding abstract and theoretical discussion in real examples the book provides an excellent way into the subject for readers new to the philosophical dimension of art appreciation.
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Lucian Freuds Hotel Bedroom
Mark Rothkos Black on Maroon
Gerhard Richters Dead 2
Louise Bourgeoiss Maman
Francis Bacons Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion
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