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Thinking with Things: Toward a New Vision of Art / Edition 1

Thinking with Things: Toward a New Vision of Art / Edition 1

by Esther Pasztory
     
 

ISBN-10: 029270691X

ISBN-13: 2900292706919

Pub. Date: 08/28/2005

Publisher: University of Texas Press

Pasztory's (Pre-Columbian art history, Columbia U.) thesis is that the purpose of art is primarily cognitive and only secondarily aesthetic; in other words, that people create things (some of which we call art) in order to work out our ideas: hence the title "thinking with things." This philosophical text is divided into two parts, the first of which is an essay that

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Pasztory's (Pre-Columbian art history, Columbia U.) thesis is that the purpose of art is primarily cognitive and only secondarily aesthetic; in other words, that people create things (some of which we call art) in order to work out our ideas: hence the title "thinking with things." This philosophical text is divided into two parts, the first of which is an essay that advocates doing away with of the concept of art, and instead looking at "things" based on anthropology, philosophy, and art history. The second section contains eight previously published articles that address the process of making art in both Pre-Columbian and Western societies, by looking at masks, portraits, identity, and abstraction. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900292706919
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Publication date:
08/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
252

Table of Contents

A Note to the Reader
Acknowledgments
Part One
Introduction to Part One
1. Things
2. Thinking with Things
3. Levels of Social Integration
4. Insistence
5. Superpositions
6. Impersonation
7. Enhancement
8. Apotheosis
9. Iconoclasm/Aestheticism
10. Media/Marginalization
11. Transition
Bibliography to Part One
Part Two
Introduction to Part Two: Confessions of a Formalist
12. Still Invisible: The Problem of the Aesthetics of Abstraction for Pre-Columbian Art and Its Implications for Other Cultures
13. Identity and Difference: The Uses and Meanings of Ethnic Styles
14. The Portrait and the Mask: Invention and Translation
15. Aesthetics and Pre-Columbian Art
16. Andean Aesthetics
17. Three Aztec Masks of the God Xipe
18. Shamanism and North American Indian Art
Index

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