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Arthur Danto, ‘The transfiguration of the commonplace. A Philosophy of Art’. Harvard University Press, Cambridge Massachusetts, London England, The Transfiguration of the Commonplace has ratings and 20 reviews. Jee said: In this work of philosophy, Danto wishes to define art, and to show why. Arthur C. Danto argues that recent developments in the art world, in particular the production of works of art that cannot be told from ordinary things, make urgent.

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Thus to grasp the artwork is to grasp the metaphor that is there, for example to see the women in Gainsborough’s painting as transfigured into flowers, and also, through this, the painting is seen as “a metaphor on time and beauty.

Carter – transfigguration Mind 93 His nonsense books, mo …. Be the first to ask a question about The Transfiguration of the Commonplace. But Is It Really Art?

When the painter, on the other hand, paints a portrait, he does so not do to have us look out for the real person. Aesthetics categorize this paper. The structure of the artwork is thus very close to the structure of a metaphor. May 13, Crito rated it really liked it Shelves: A younger person might have to employ a bit of research to nail down those analogies, but it would be worth the effort. Paperbackpages. In comkonplace work of philosophy, Danto wishes to define art, and to show why contemporary art, having attained self-consciousness, is asking the same questions as philosophy.

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Review of ‘Danto: Transfiguration of the commonplace’ by Stefan Beyst

If, in the last analysis, the result of aesthetic responding is an attitude, a stance, then the features that helped to produce that stance can be rejected.

But towards the end of The Transfiguration of the Commonplace there appear cracks in the wall, although the cracks can even be seen in the title. I find Danto’s theories to be, at times, problematic, but he is an engaging writer something of a rarity amongst most art philosophers these days, I find and although I initially borrowed this for what proved to be a rather tiresome essay, I enjoyed reading it. Find it on Scholar. Hart – – Process Studies 19 1: If the categories are finally different, they are also procedurally nested in one another.


I am not sure if the two ontological realms are as separate as his tropes imply, for his argument proceeds by making nice distinctions between, first, a representation and an object, and, then, between a representation and an artistic representation. Our recent titles are available via Edelweiss. The book distinguishes what belongs to artistic theory from what has traditionally been confused with it, namely aesthetic theory and offers as well a systematic account of metaphor, expression, and style, together with an original account of artistic representation.

The Transfiguration of the Commonplace

Criticism then, which consists in interpreting metaphor in this extended sense, cannot be intended as a substitute transriguration the work. Dec 19, Luke Echo added it. Carola Barbero – – Rivista di Estetica: Anyone who wants to put the work into learning the language of art shares in its power.

Moreover, Danto would maintain that all art, representational or not, has been tending this way since before, but especially since, the time when a main theme of art became the investigation of itself, what some would call the onset of Modernism. Jun 23, Harvey rated it dxnto liked it. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Open Preview See a Problem?

Martha Nussbaum – – Metaphilosophy 25 4: This makes it ppossible, for example, that many feminists were produced by absorbing male dominated literature. Considering the way he has set it up, you would think og he would keep the two always separate. If we carry this example far enough, it makes no difference at all. To ask other readers questions about The Transfiguration of the Commonplaceplease sign up. When taken to the museum, the child can only supply the language of everyday objects to the artwork, and the only pictures to which he can apply the word powerful are those with imposing contents: This approach is mistaken.


Oct 11, Lauren Albert rated it it was amazing Shelves: So the artwork is constituted as a transfigurative representation rather than a representation tout court, and I think this is true of artworks, when representations, in general, whether this is achieved self-consciously, as in the arch work I have been discussing, or naively, when the artist simply happens to vest his subject with surprising yet penetrating attributes.

So Andy Warhol’s Brillo Box is a different thing from the Brillo box in the supermarket even though they look indiscernibly the same. He’s consistently engaging and always has examples and scenarios to illustrate the problems and arguments he concerns himself with. Danto argues that recent developments commonpplace the art world, in particular the production of works of art that cannot be told from ordinary things, make urgent the need for a new theory of art and make plain the factors such a theory can and cannot involve.

Sign in to use this feature. We note a general Wittgensteinian family resemblance between the class of art objects, but what is the defining feature? However, we shall see that indirectly there is a transfiguration of Cezanne’s wife, and hence more indirectly yet, the way women or more generally humans are seen, in all of this too.

Dec 27, Michael rated it really liked it. Aesthetic Dualism and the Transfiguration of the Commonplace. Dec 03, John Herman rated it it was amazing Shelves: Tiziana Commonplave – – Rivista di Estetica Feb 01, Andreas Antoniou rated it liked it.

I think his theory leaves a lot to be desired, and has several holes.