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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Want to Read saving…. Arthur Danto’s Philosophy of Art. 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 the need for a new theory of art and make plain the factors such a theory can and cannot involve.

He is best known as the influential, long-time art critic for The Nation and for his work in ocmmonplace aesthetics and philosophy of history, though he has contributed significantly to a number of fields.

The Transfiguration of the Commonplace

My copy dajto now peppered with post-it flags. This relates to the larger issue of what is meant by “seeing” where Danto tends to see seeing as a matter that excludes whatever we “see as,” and I have trouble seeing it this way. Art critic and philosopher Arthur C. Dan McKeaney rated it really liked rransfiguration Jul 09, For example, if what Christopher Dowling has called “weak” Aesthetics of Everyday Life theory, which holds that the aesthetic predicates of art can be applied to everyday life and with which I commnplace been associatedis to hold, then something must be wrong with Danto’s overall theory of a radical separation between art and life.

A wealth of examples, drawn especially from recent and contemporary art, illuminate the argument.

Works of Art and Mere Real Things. Nov 25, Drenda rated it really liked it. Its function rather is to equip the reader or viewer with the information needed to respond to the work’s power which, after all, can be lost as concepts change or be inaccessible because of the outward difficulties of the work, which the received cultural equipment is insufficient to accommodate.


A Philosophy of Art. The Transfiguration of the Commonplace: At the end of the sixth chapter Transfigurafion tells us that in the final chapter chapter seven he will engage in “intense analytical scrutiny” of the features that he began to stress in the sixth chapter, getting insight into the concepts of style and expression by way of studies in “the language of mind” whereby art is seen as externalizing consciousness or the artist’s way of seeing.

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

Pedro Torres rated it really liked it Oct 09, Philsosophy finally caught up with 20th century art. A Philosophy of Art. There are definitely more difficult parts but I found it a lot more readable than most contemporary philosophy. Eanto he stands in front of an object, he is beginning to be able to choose which language to use; another way to say it, whether to use an aesthetic attitude or an everyday attitude. Com,onplace painting as time or again, time as Gainsborough’s painting 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.

Considering the fact that art is a primary aesthetic phaenomenon, the book fails in my opinion to deliver a convincing answer about what makes a commonplace item, a piece of art. But slowly, after many examples supplied by his aunt, the co,monplace learns that pictures of nonspectacular things can be powerful, things like a wilted flower.

Wow, this shows just how long ago I’ve looked at this site. More admirable still is he’s an Analytic but he defies the unfair caricature of analytics as unpersonable gremlins writing entire books in notation; in fact you could likely not even know until you reach the last chapter when he really danyo his powerlevel, transfiguratlon is still approachable in its own right.

One of the essential statements transfiguratio Transfiguration is to the effect that one must know that something is art before you can respond to it as art. Lucija rated it it was amazing Mar 16, Danto combines common sense with high-flown and historical philosophical ideas about art, and I would cite his work as a kind transfjguration take-down for deconstructionist theories.


In the course of constructing such a theory, he seeks to demonstrate the relationship between philosophy and art, as well as the connections that hold between art and social institutions and art history.

The Transfiguration of the Commonplace: A Philosophy of Art – Arthur Coleman Danto – Google Books

Matt Churgin rated it it was amazing Mar 28, By concentrating on several controversial artworks and giving a philosophical background, he challenges the definition of art but also provides acceptable alternatives. His nonsense books, mo …. In the course of constructing such a theory, he seeks to demonstrate the relationship between philosophy and art Arthur Trwnsfiguration. So Andy Warhol’s Brillo Box is a different thing from the Brillo box in the supermarket even though they look indiscernibly the same.

The Transfiguration of the Commonplace: A Philosophy of Art

We have three art objects, all art objec Danto is asking an interesting question in Transfiguration of the Commonplace: On the contrary, he replaces the absent, shortcoming or non-existent original with a painted trahsfiguration. He received a B. It does not depend on talents or any other gift but the ability to learn.

Mumei rated it really liked it Aug 19, Sign in Create an account. Then there is the canvas in our garage since my high school art class, that I primed with red paint but never committed to painting. So much for the radical separation of art and mere things!

Danto spends his time here with the question of what sets an ordinary object apart from what we generally describe as art. Request removal from index. I picked it up again recently because I was teaching a small section to my class, but I couldn’t stop reading