Worldview in Painting: Art and Society Selected Papers, Volume V

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How can we profitably compare art and philosophy? In the first part of this collection of twenty-one writings, many previously unpublished, Schapiro uses specific works of art to elucidate the rich variety of ways in which artists and art movements have been compared with philosophical systems. His highly lucid arguments, graceful prose, and extraordinary erudition offer new opportunities to broaden and enrich our understanding of even the most familiar works of art. In the second part of the collection, Schapiro...
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Overview

How can we profitably compare art and philosophy? In the first part of this collection of twenty-one writings, many previously unpublished, Schapiro uses specific works of art to elucidate the rich variety of ways in which artists and art movements have been compared with philosophical systems. His highly lucid arguments, graceful prose, and extraordinary erudition offer new opportunities to broaden and enrich our understanding of even the most familiar works of art. In the second part of the collection, Schapiro explores aspects of our everyday experiences with art: the value of modern art, social realism, revolutionary art, art as a cause of violence, the art market, the public support of artists, public art commissions, church art, and others. Here, in essays that range in a period of more than forty years, we witness Schapiro's unfailing dedication both to the liberty of the artist and to the integration of the arts in society. Throughout all of his writings, Schapiro provides us with a means of ordering our past that is reasoned and passionate, methodical and inventive. In so doing, he revitalizes our faith in the unsurpassed importance of critical thinking and creative independence.
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Schapiro (1904-96) was affiliated with Columbia University for over 50 years and was accorded many honors for his writings. Collected here are 21 essays (some previously unpublished), written over a span of 40 years, on various aspects of philosophy in painting, art's social function and its future, the profession of the artist, and the responsibility of the artist. A unifying theme is his exploration of the implicit, often unformulated attitudes (which he calls "worldview") that underlie both painting and philosophy. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807614501
  • Publisher: Braziller, George Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/1999
  • Series: Selected Papers Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.61 (w) x 9.27 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 7
Philosophy and Worldview in Painting 11
Cezanne and the Philosophers 75
The Function of Art 108
The Study of Art as Humanistic 111
Art and Social Change 113
The Social Bases of Art 119
The Arts Under Socialism 129
The Value of Modern Art 133
Humanism and Science: The Concept of the Two Half-Cultures 158
On Despotism, Freedom, and the Quality of Art 161
Art Criticized as a Cause of Violence 163
Architects and the Crisis: An Open Letter to the Architects, Draughtsmen, and Technicians of America 168
The Public Use of Art 173
On the Rarity of Painting and Sculpture in Projects of Architects 180
Church Art: Religious Imagination and the Artist 185
The Future Possibilities of the Arts 192
On the Art Market 202
On the Support of Artists 205
Social Realism and Revolutionary Art 210
The Fine Arts and the Unity of Mankind 232
Coda: Judging Art 248
List of Illustrations 251
Index 253
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