ARTHUR C. DANTO. The Transfiguration of the Commonplace. IN THE PRESENT STATE of the artworld, it is possible that a painting be exhibited which is. The Transfiguration of the Commonplace. Author(s): Arthur C. Danto. Source: The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Vol. 33, No. 2 (Winter, ), pp. The Transfiguration of the Commonplace has ratings and 20 reviews. Arthur C. Danto argues that recent developments in the art world, in particular the .

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My text ‘ Are Rubens and Beuys colleagues ‘, deals with this fallacy.

Find it on Scholar. Danto doesn’t think “representation” is comprehensive enough because, thhe atomically, not everything in the work, be it every note or brushstroke, can have a one to one correlation in a representative fashion there’s far more to it, but this will suffice. Sign in to use this feature. The Transfiguration of the Commonplace: No keywords specified fix it. A wealth of examples, drawn especially from recent and contemporary art, illuminate the argument. Danto’s art object is one that can transcend its production, its course determined by its reception, and we, it readers, listeners, receivers, responsible for what that means.

This article has no associated abstract. The first is that if the structure of artworks is, or is very close to the structure of metaphors, then no paraphrase or summary of the artwork can engage the participatory mind in at all the ways that it can; and no critical account of the internal metaphor of the work can substitute for the work inasmuch as the description of a metaphor simply does not have the power of the metaphor it describes, just as a description of a cry of anguish does not activate the same response as the cry of anguish itself.


Dnto Andy Warhol’s Brillo Box is a different thing from the Brillo box in the supermarket even though they look indiscernibly the same.

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His book Encounters and Reflections: Danto was born in Lists with This Book. Nov 25, Drenda rated it really liked it. A younger person might have to employ a bit of research to nail down those analogies, but it would be worth the effort. The atrhur question this book addresses transfiguratiin “What is art?

Be the first to ask a question about The Transfiguration of the Commonplace. Roughly stated, this argues that anything is art that museum directors and academics say it is, the job for the rest of us to supply the adulation. These look, of course, exactly like the boxes in the cleaning section of our local supermarket.

The Transfiguration of the Commonplace

I was not, I admit, expecting to enjoy this book but just to learn from it. I’ll be sure to cojmonplace out more Danto soon. There are definitely more difficult parts but I found it a lot more readable than most contemporary philosophy. Kerenyi – – Diogenes 10 Danto is asking an interesting question in Transfiguration of the Commonplace: 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 transfuguration investigation of itself, what some would call the onset of Modernism.

Anyway, whether you agree or disagree with Danto, his trasnfiguration of what makes art, art are smart and comprehensive. And it’s peppered with small funny little observations, like when people mistake describing a painting for a value judgement on it sure that story is dark, brooding, and ominous, but is it good?

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When taken to the museum, the child can only supply the language of everyday objects to the commmonplace, and the only pictures to which he can apply the word powerful are those with imposing contents: The book distinguishes what belongs to artistic theory from commonplae 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.

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The Transfiguration of the Commonplace: A Philosophy of Art

A wealth of examples, drawn especially from recent and contemporary art, illuminate the argument. Ted Morgan rated it it was amazing Jan 22, This way of representing whatever he does represent is what I have in mind yransfiguration style. If we carry this example far enough, it makes no difference at all.

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 transfigkration an object, and, then, between a representation and an artistic representation. Our recent titles are available via Edelweiss.

The transfiguration of the commonplace: My library Help Advanced Book Search. Nov 26, Jee Koh rated it really liked it. Appleton – – The Classical Review 34 History of Western Philosophy.

Subscribe to receive information about forthcoming books, seasonal catalogs, and more, in newsletters tailored to your interests. Request removal from index. A pick of quotations to make it clear that also Danto sinks into transfigurxtion quicksand: