Art Matters

Art Matters

by Peter de Bolla, Peter De Bolla
     
 

In the face of a great work of art, we so often stand mute, struck dumb. Is this a function—perhaps the first and foremost—of aesthetic experience? Or do we lack the words to say what we feel? Countering current assumptions that art is valued only according to taste or ideology, Peter de Bolla gives a voice—and vocabulary—to the wonder art

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In the face of a great work of art, we so often stand mute, struck dumb. Is this a function—perhaps the first and foremost—of aesthetic experience? Or do we lack the words to say what we feel? Countering current assumptions that art is valued only according to taste or ideology, Peter de Bolla gives a voice—and vocabulary—to the wonder art can inspire. Working toward a better understanding of what it is to be profoundly moved by a work of art, he forces us to reconsider the importance of art works and the singular nature and value of our experience of them.

In many ways a "practical aesthetics," Art Matters proceeds by way of example. Through chapters attending to three works of art—Barnett Newman's painting Vir Heroicus Sublimis, pianist Glenn Gould's second recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations, and William Wordsworth's poem "We Are Seven"—de Bolla plots a personal history of aesthetic experience that opens up the general forms of art appreciation. His book invites us to a closer encounter with art, and to a deeper appreciation and clearer expression of what such an encounter might hold.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674011106
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
03/30/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
190
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Aesthetic Experience

2. Serenity: Barnett Newman's Vir Heroicus Sublimis

3. Clarity: Glenn Gould's Goldberg (1981)

4. Equanimity: Wordsworth's We Are Seven

5. Fragility: The Architecture of Wonder

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