Beyond the Brillo Box: The Visual Arts in Post-Historical Perspective / Edition 1

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In this collection of interconnected essays, Arthur C. Danto argues that Andy Warhol's Brillo Box of 1964 brought the established trajectory of Westen art to an end and gave rise to a pluralism which has changed the way art is made, perceived, and exhibited. Wonderfully illuminating and highly provocative, his essays explore how conceptions of art–and resulting historical narratives–differ according to culture. They also grapple with the most challenging issues in art today, including censorship and state support of artists.
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Editorial Reviews

Danto's richly digressive wit and learning keep us in tow. . . .In this period in which Art has evolved into Philosophy, Danto is producing a Criticism that at moments turns into a kind of Poetry.
New York Newsday
Danto's richly digressive wit and learning keep us in tow. . . .In this period in which Art has evolved into Philosophy, Danto is producing a Criticism that at moments turns into a kind of Poetry. -- New York Newsday
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520216747
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 11/3/1998
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 275
  • Sales rank: 1,039,465
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Arthur C. Danto is Johnsonian Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Columbia University and art critic for The Nation. Among his books are Playing with the Edge: The Photographic Achievement of Robert Mapplethorpe and Encounters and Reflections: Art in the Historical Present, both published by University of California Press. He was the winner of the 1990 National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
Animals as Art Historians: Reflections on the Innocent Eye 15
The Art World Revisited: Comedies of Similarity 33
Symbolic Expressions and the Self 55
Metaphor and Cognition 73
Art and Artifact in Africa 89
Shapes of Artistic Pasts, East and West 115
The Abstract Expressionist Coca-Cola Bottle 131
High Art, Low Art, and the Spirit of History 147
Censorship and Subsidy in the Arts 163
Dangerous Art 179
The Museum of Museums 199
Learning to Live with Pluralism 217
Narrative and Style 233
Index 251
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