A World Art History and Its Objects

A World Art History and Its Objects

by David Carrier
     
 

Is writing a world art history possible? Does the history of art as such even exist outside the Western tradition? Is it possible to consider the history of art in a way that is not fundamentally Eurocentric? In this highly readable and provocative book, David Carrier, a philosopher and art historian, does not attempt to write a world art history himself. Rather,

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Is writing a world art history possible? Does the history of art as such even exist outside the Western tradition? Is it possible to consider the history of art in a way that is not fundamentally Eurocentric? In this highly readable and provocative book, David Carrier, a philosopher and art historian, does not attempt to write a world art history himself. Rather, he asks the question of how an art history of all cultures could be written-or whether it is even possible to do so. He also engages the political and moral issues raised by the idea of a multicultural art history. Focusing on a consideration of intersecting artistic traditions, Carrier negotiates the way meaning and understanding shift or are altered when a visual object from one culture, for example, is inserted into the visual tradition of another culture. A World Art History and Its Objects proposes the use of temporal narrative as a way to begin to understand a multicultural art history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780271034157
Publisher:
Penn State University Press
Publication date:
09/14/2009
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.01(w) x 9.04(h) x 0.58(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Diagrams ix

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xvii

Introduction xxiii

Overture: Islamic Carpets in European Paintings 1

1 Works of Art and Art-Historical Narratives 21

2 Monocultural Art-History Narratives 27

3 Why Monoculturalism Is Not the Whole Story 35

4 What Happens When Art-Making Traditions Intersect 47

5 Charts and Works of Art 61

6 The Importance of an Aesthetic 75

7 Exotic Aesthetics 91

8 How Exotic Can Exotic Art Be? 105

9 Our World Art History Is Imperialism Seen Aesthetically 117

10 Mutual Respect as an Ethical Ideal 131

Conclusion: The Coming Transformation of Western Art History 143

Selective Annotated Bibliography 155

Index 167

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