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University of Massachusetts Press, 1987 - Art - 161 pages
Artwriting is a philosophical study of the history of recent American art criticism. Carrier argues that an artwork can be understood only relative to interpretation, a function of criticism. But unlike art history, art criticism cannot arrive at a consensus about what makes a true interpretation of an artwork. Criticism can only appeal to the persuasiveness of alternative critical narratives in determining an artwork's meaning and value.

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The term "artwriting'' refers to texts either by art critics or by art historians; this book is a philosophical account of the history of (mostly) recent art criticism. Carrier emphasizes that since ... Read full review


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