Should be a treat for the art-lovers amongst the academics. In this Very Short Introduction Cynthia Freeland explains why innovation and controversy are valued in the arts, weaving together philosophy and art theory with many fascinating examples. Questions for Thought and Discussion Is art always beautiful? Should it be?
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Shelves: for-school Read for school. A basic overview of the art world up until The most interesting aspects, I found to be the Read for school. It inspired me to delve deeper into that aspect of art theory. The last chapter also peaked my interests with its inclusion of new media, but it was too shallow to learn much; the parts about the internet, like Freeland basically stated herself, already feels horribly outdated, but I suppose she was right to mention it.
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. This detracted from the feeling that this was purposeful and focused in places. Either more depth needed on the issues raised, or perhaps a smaller remit in the first place.
Very good writing about feminist changes to art theory and art history and some interesting stuff on museum spaces. This book by Cynthia Freeland is really a very good if slightly dated published entry into a field I knew little about. It makes me want to follow up on aspects of art theory. However you cannot fit in everything into a short introduction. Do read this if you are interested in Art Theory it does what it says on the cover.
Art Theory: A Very Short Introduction
She referenced the play Oedipus the King by Sophocles, a horrific story that ultimately ends in Medea riding away in a luxurious chariot even after she deliberately murdered her own children. In ancient times these tragic plays and imitations were highly supported and the audience was mandated to attend. There was a lot of emphasis on creating these dramatic events that eventually were imitated throughout history. The idea of flesh melting and blood being spilled has been done over and over again in hollywood for horror and action movies.
Shelves: for-school Read for school. A basic overview of the art world up until The most interesting aspects, I found to be the Read for school. It inspired me to delve deeper into that aspect of art theory.