Introducing Philosophy of Art: In Eight Case Studies

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Routledge, Oct 20, 2014 - Philosophy - 192 pages
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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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Contents

Introduction
1
1 What is art? Yves Kleins Anthropometries
11
Lucian Freuds Hotel Bedroom
31
Mark Rothkos Black on Maroon
51
Gerhard Richters Dead 2
67
Louise Bourgeoiss Maman
85
Francis Bacons Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion
105
Edward Hoppers Nighthawks
117
Balthuss Thérèse Dreaming
137
Further reading
155
Bibliography
157
Index
163
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