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Very interesting read but the final chapter Digitizing and disseminating is quite dated in terms of the terminology used. Should be a treat for the art-lovers amongst the academics. A Very Short Introduction. Paradigms and Purposes 3: And all in very accessible language.

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Art Theory: A Very Short Introduction

But is It Art?: She is also author of The Naked and the Undead: This is a great intro to art theory. Published by Oxford University Press first published Money, markets, museums 5. Choose your country or region Close. Added freleand PP index Total downloads 38of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 10 50, of 2, How can I increase my downloads?

Human Rights and Immigration. Though that’s nothing new and surface-level like the rest of the book but in so few pages, I suppose that’s to be expected on such a broad fieldit was included without being overtly political.


The price listed on this page is the recommended retail price for Japan. In today’s art world many strange, even shocking things qualify as art. The author does have a tendency towards crass generalisations or unsupported statements such as the claim, early on, that Kant was a devout Christian, a highly debatable proposition at bestand though she succeeds in endeavouring to be broad-minded and generous, this sometimes comes across as a little patronising.

Cognition, Creation, Comprehension 7: History of Science and Technology. Freeland is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Houston. I am an art student, and though I know some art theory and history already I thought I should try and get an overview, and this book did that to some extent – it raised some points I hadn’t been exposed to before, such as different theorists’ views on interpretation of art etc.

I was expecting a summary of the mostly French theory that has influenced thinking vey art in the U. May 25, Robert Boyd rated it really liked it Shelves: Do you think that a garden can be a work of art?

Art Theory: A Very Short Introduction by Cynthia A. Freeland

Though the title promised to be rather dreary, this turned out to be a very well-written survey of a wide range of philosophical topics related to art of all kinds. A very good introduction to art theory. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. This clear, provocative book engages with the big debates surrounding our responses to art and is an invaluable introduction to anyone interested in thinking about art.


Art Theory: A Very Short Introduction – Cynthia Freeland – Oxford University Press

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A basic overview of the art world up until Whilst there are some very strong chapters and theories outlined some of the best writing is Chapter 7 about technology and changing relations to art, as well as the discussed definitions of art I feel that there are a lot of very open ended questions left hanging – not left to be explored but mentioned and then tossed aside.

It also explains Serrano’s Piss Christ quite well, and has a general introduction involving theories on beauty. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. At first I thought the approach was too focused on artists and specific examples, like ‘Piss Christ’, but as I progressed with it more interesting ideas to do with theory emerged. Jul 28, Maria rated it liked it Shelves: Lists with This Book.

Freeland is also more open about her view upon art-history’s lack of women. Money, Markets, Museums 5: Evil and the Appeal of Horror and co-editor of Philosophy and Film Description Index About the author Reading Guide.

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