The Invention of Art: A Cultural History / Edition 1

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With The Invention of Art, Larry Shiner challenges our conventional understandings of art and asks us to reconsider its history entirely, arguing that the category of fine art is a modern invention—that the lines drawn between art and craft resulted from key social transformations in Europe during the long eighteenth century.

"Shiner spent over a decade honing what he calls 'a brief history of the idea of art.' This carefully prepared and—given the extent and complexity of what he's discussing—admirably concise, well-organized book is the result. . . . Shiner's text is scholarly but accessible, and should appeal to readers with even a dabbler's interest in art theory."—Publishers Weekly

"The Invention of Art is enjoyable to read and provides a welcome addition to the history and philosophy of art."—Terrie L. Wilson, Art Documentation

"A lucid book . . . it should be a must-read for anyone active in the arts."—Marc Spiegler, Chicago Tribune Books

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226753430
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2003
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 580,528
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Larry Shiner is a professor of philosophy at the University of Illinois at Springfield. He is the author of The Secularization of History and The Secret Mirror.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
The Great Division
Words and Institutions
1. The Greeks Had No Word for It
Art, techne, ars
The Artisan/Artist
2. Aquinas's Saw
From "Servile" to "Mechanical" Arts
The Idea of Beauty
3. Michelangelo and Shakespeare: Art on the Rise
Opening up the Liberal Arts
The Changing Status of Artisan/Artists
The Ideal Qualities of the Artisan/Artist
Shakespeare, Jonson, and the "Work"
A Proto-Aesthetic?
4. Artemesia's Allegory: Art in Transition
The Artisan/Artist's Continuing Struggle for Status
The Image of the Artisan/Artist
Steps toward the Category of Fine Art
The Role of Taste
5. Polite Arts for the Polite
Constructing the Category of Fine Art
The New Institutions of Fine Art
The New Art Public
6. The Artist, the Work, and the Market
The Separation of the Artist from the Artisan
The Ideal Image of the Artist
The Fate of the Artisan
The Gender of Genius
The Ideal of the "Work of Art"
From Patronage to the Market
7. From Taste to the Aesthetic
Learning Aesthetic Behavior
The Art Public and the Problem of Taste
The Elements of the Aesthetic
Kant and Schiller Sum Up the Aesthetic
8. Hogarth, Rousseau, Wollstonecraft
Hogarth's "Hedonist Aesthetics"
Rousseau's Festival Aesthetic
Wollstonecraft and the Beauty of Justice
9. Revolution: Music, Festival, Museum
The Collapse of Patronage
The Revolutionary Festivals
Revolutionary Music
The Revolution and the Museum
10. Art as Redemptive Revelation
Art Becomes an Independent Realm
The Spiritual Elevation of Art
11. The Artist: A Sacred Calling
The Exalted Image of Artists
The Descent of the Artisan
12. Silences: Triumph of the Aesthetic
Learning Aesthetic Behavior
The Rise of the Aesthetic and the Decline of Beauty
The Problem of Art and Society
13. Assimilation and Resistance
The Assimilation of Photography
Varieties of Resistance: Emerson, Marx, Ruskin, Morris
The Arts and Crafts Movement
14. Modernism, Anti-Art, Bauhaus
Modernism and Purity
The Case of Photography
The Bauhaus
Three Philosopher-Critics on the Division of Art
Modernism and Formalism Triumphant
15. Beyond Art and Craft?
"Primitive Art"
Architecture as Art
The Photography-as-Art Boom
The "Death of Literature"?
Mass Art
Art and Life
Public Art

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