The Wake of Art: Criticism, Philosophy, and the Ends of Taste / Edition 1

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Since the mid-1980s, Arthur C. Danto has been increasingly concerned with the implications of the demise of modernism. Out of the wake of modernist art, Danto discerns the emergence of a radically pluralistic art world. His essays illuminate this novel art world as well as the fate of criticism within it. As a result, Danto has crafted the most compelling philosophy of art criticism since Clement Greenburg. Gregg Horowitz and Tom Huhn analyse the constellation of philosophical and critical elements in Danto's new- Hegelian art theory. In a provocative encounter, they employ themes from Kantian aesthetics to elucidate the continuing persistence of taste in shaping even this most sophisticated philosophy of art.

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An excellent philosopher....A humanist is exactly what Danto is, and an enormously broad-minded one at that....One reads Danto because he really tries to throw the most positive light possible on the output of artists....I would venture that Danto is probably the most erudite writer regularly reviewing contemporary art, at least in English, and maybe in any language.
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Danto is an ideal critic for those who do not revel in mere paint....He's unbeatable at what he does....Danto offers a kind of access to art that few other critics do.
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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Series
Foreword: Art's Means and Philosophical Ends
The Wake of Art: Criticism, Philosophy, and the Ends of Taste 1
1 Blam! The Explosion of Pop, Minimalism, and Performance, 1958-1964 57
2 The Philosophical Disenfranchisement of Art 63
3 Learning to Live with Pluralism 81
4 Symbolic Expressions and the Self 97
5 Art After the End of Art 115
6 Hans Haacke and the Industry of Art 129
7 Red Grooms 139
8 Tilted Arc and Public Art 147
9 The Vietnam Veterans Memorial 153
10 The 1991 Whitney Biennial 159
11 The 1993 Whitney Biennial 169
12 The Abstract Expressionist Coca-Cola Bottle 177
Afterword: After Taste 193
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