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Art in Context: Understanding Aesthetic Value
     

Art in Context: Understanding Aesthetic Value

by David E.W. Fenner
 

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The various lenses-ethical, political, sexual, religious, and many others-through which we may view art are often instrumental in forming our appreciation of the work. In Art in Context: Understanding Aesthetic Value, philosopher David Fenner presents a straightforward, accessible overview of the arguments about the importance of considering the relevant context in

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The various lenses-ethical, political, sexual, religious, and many others-through which we may view art are often instrumental in forming our appreciation of the work. In Art in Context: Understanding Aesthetic Value, philosopher David Fenner presents a straightforward, accessible overview of the arguments about the importance of considering the relevant context in determining the true merit of a work of art.

Although critical methods that focus on distance, detachment, aestheticism, art for art's sake, and formalism can at times be illuminating, such approaches risk missing the larger and often central issue of a piece. Art in Context is a systematic, historically situated, and historically evidenced attempt to demonstrate the importance of considering contexts that will, in the vast majority of cases, enhance the aesthetic experience.

Based on the findings of philosophers and critics, and on artwork throughout history, Art in Context provides a solid foundation for understanding and valuing a work of art in perspective as well as within the particular world in which it exists.

About the Author:
David E. W. Fenner is dean of the Graduate School at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804011051
Publisher:
Ohio University Press
Publication date:
03/25/2008
Edition description:
1
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

David E. W. Fenner is dean of the Graduate School at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida. He is the author of The Aesthetic Attitude and Introducing Aesthetics and the editor of Ethics and the Arts and Ethics in Education.

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