Proust/Warhol: Analytical Philosophy of Art

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Peter Lang, 2009 - Art - 128 pages
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Two of the most important modernist artists, Marcel Proust and Andy Warhol, also developed aesthetic theories. Proust presents imaginary artists - a composer, a painter, and a novelist. Warhol made paintings and sculptures; created art history writing, fiction, and films; and sponsored a rock group. Warhol most likely never read Proust, but because their ways of thinking contrast dramatically, much can be learned about both men's art by comparing: the imaginary painting described by Proust to Warhol's Marilyn Diptych; the ways that Proust and Warhol understand art-making; how Proust and Warhol define art; and the ways that Elstir's studio differs from Warhol's factory. Also discussed is the relationship of their homosexuality to their art. Proust/Warhol: Analytical Philosophy of Art employs three key intellectual tools: the aesthetic theory of Arthur Danto, the account of Proust by Joshua Landy, and the analysis of the art of living by Alexander Nehamas. Proust/Warhol concludes with a discussion of an issue of particular importance for Warhol, the relationship between art and fashion.
 

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Contents

The Search for Prousts and Warhols Sources
11
Two Dramatically Opposed Styles of Art Making
25
Defining Art
43
Queer Art Making
65
Art Fashion
95
Bibliography
109
Index
125
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The Author: David Carrier received his Ph.D. from Columbia University. Since 2001 he has been Champney Family Professor, a post divided between Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Art. He has been a Getty Scholar, a Clark Fellow, and a Senior Fellow at the National Humanities Center. He will be a Fulbright-Luce lecturer in Beijing (Spring 2009). Carrier's art criticism has been published in Artforum, ArtUS, The Burlington Magazine, and other journals. His books include: High Art: Charles Baudelaire and the Origins of Modernist Painting (1996); The Aesthetics of Comics (2000); Rosalind Krauss and American Philosophical Art Criticism: From Formalism to beyond Postmodernism (2002); Writing About Visual Art (2003); Museum Skepticism: A History of the Display of Art in Public Galleries (2006); and A World Art History (forthcoming).

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