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But Is It Art?: An Introduction to Art Theory

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2013

    Great Overview

    Coming from a science background, I wondered how theory could be applied to art. It seems that, in the case of art theory, the major and most relevant questions are: “What is art?” and “Why is art valued?”

    The author provides an historical framework of how philosophers and critics have approached these questions. Looking at the business and politics of art, good examples and references are provided throughout. She also shows how 'cultural biases' can be intervening variables in both the framing of the initial questions and the answers.

    It is not surprising that the conclusion is the investigation of art theory, like scientific exploration, often leads to more questions than are answered. The author characterizes art theory as an explanation of the diversity of the subject, deals well with why art is special, provides a good overview of the topic and a stepping stone for further reading on the subject.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2004

    Good reading!

    For a busy but occassional aesthete, this is a wonderful book. Mindful of the busy people and thus goes straight to other things we still have to know about art and peppering the pages with juicy 'in' things in art work. Besides from the good writing, I like the compactness of the book and the typeset. It makes the topic less threatening and even friendly. Congratulations to the writer Freeland. More, please.

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