Art Theory: A Very Short Introduction / Edition 1

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Overview

In today's art world many strange, even shocking, things qualify as art. In this Very Short Introduction Cynthia Freeland explains why innovation and controversy are valued in the arts, weaving together philosophy and art theory with many fascinating examples.

She discusses blood, beauty, culture, money, museums, sex, and politics, clarifying contemporary and historical accounts of the nature, function, and interpretation of the arts. Freeland also propels us into the future by surveying cutting-edge web sites, alongside the latest research on the brain's role in perceiving art.

This clear, provocative book engages with the big debates surrounding our responses to art and is an invaluable introduction to anyone interested in thinking about art.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192804631
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/15/2007
  • Series: Very Short Introductions Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 657,474
  • Lexile: 1310L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 4.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Cynthia A. Freeland is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Houston. She has published on topics in the philosophy of art and film, ancient Greek philosophy, and feminist theory. She is also author of The Naked and the Undead: Evil and the Appeal of Horror (1999) and co-editor of Philosophy and Film (1995).

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
1. Blood and Beauty
2. Paradigms and Purposes
3. Cultural Crossings
4. Money, Markets, Museums
5. Gender, Genius, and Guerrilla Girls
6. Cognition, Creation, Comprehension
7. Digitizing and Disseminating
Conclusion
References
Further Reading
Index

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