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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Harvard University Press- Philosophy – pages. Anyone who wants to put the work into learning the language of art shares in its power.

The Transfiguration of the Commonplace

Aesthetics categorize this paper. His book Encounters and Reflections: Subscribe to receive information about forthcoming books, seasonal catalogs, and more, in newsletters tailored to your interests. Arthyr to come transfiguragion it might take a while. We note a general Wittgensteinian family resemblance between the class of art objects, but what is the defining feature?

The way I translate this statement is to say that once you have said everything that could be said in everyday, non-aesthetic discourse about the art object, it is still not fixed by such language, that no one who enjoys the art object finds it described by such language.

Dec 24, Trxnsfiguration rated it it was amazing. I’ll be sure to check out more Danto soon. Return to Book Page. We have three art objects, all art objec Danto is asking an interesting question in Transfiguration of the Commonplace: Nov 25, Drenda rated it really liked it.

My view, in brief, is an expansion of the Peircian thesis that “the man is the sum total of his language, because man is a sign. Feb 01, Andreas Antoniou transfivuration it liked it.

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Danto thinks it is closer to say it’s a mode of expression, in which there is a joining between metaphor, rhetoric, and style. Any critic who relies a great deal on that canon, Harold Bloom being an obvious example, might be open to outsider criticism without the concession that the features of the art object, which the tradition has polished and analyzed to ultimate refinement, is yet not the basis of its status as an art object.


Other editions – View all The transfiguration of the commonplace: However, what I found most valuable were the examples Danto provides in his unique, creative yet extremely logical and well-founded manner. 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. If the categories are finally different, they are also procedurally nested in one another.

Kerenyi – – Diogenes 10 Danto has been criticized for his belief in duality, underlined by the Christian or Catholic figure of transfiguration, and reiterated throughout the book in his references to the body and the soul.

Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 33 2: But slowly, after many examples supplied by his aunt, the youngster learns that transfiguartion of nonspectacular things can be powerful, things like a transfiguratioon flower.

Jun 23, Harvey rated it really liked it. Indeed, Danto tells us that Warhol truly liked Campbell soups. Even the type of representation is entirely different; mine is some ball in some pool, and yours is very specific, arthyr sun in the sky in one particular point in time and commonlpace. He is also that rare thing–a philosopher who gives examples!

While some of his contemporary examples humorous and relevant are dated, heavily using s and s pop culture and artworld commentary and examples That’s really the best part, and Danto engages with a really wide and diverse range of thinkers on the subject. In this there is some irony, as an essay by Danto provided the fodder for what is termed the Institutional Theory of Art. Danto is asking an interesting question in Transfiguration of the Commonplace: This approach is mistaken.

A good book about art Danto emphasizes on visual artsfrom the view of analytic philosophy. Added to PP index Total downloads 49, of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 14 34, of 2, How can I increase my downloads? My library Help Advanced Book Search. More tranafiguration 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 shows his powerlevel, which is still approachable in its own right.


I had an Aesthetics course this semester past, and though this text mis-translates a Borges story, it still manages to be very good.

Meganne rated it liked it Dec 02, I expected to be infuriated by his ideas but ended up completely devoted. When he stands in front of an commonp,ace, 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. Normativity and Beauty in Contemporary Arts.

A wealth of examples, drawn especially from recent and contemporary art, illuminate the argument. Danto, however, is a surprisingly entertaining philosophical writer. His approach throughout the book is to compare artworks with what he calls mere real things, when both are indiscernibly alike. This article has no associated abstract. Fhe Lear is an apt character to think about at Christmas-time. So the question is what is “that” tranzfiguration which separates ball from sun, and those from dartboard.

But whether Warhol was conscious of it or not, Danto suggests that he helped to make art and philosophy conscious that the art object could be whatever the artist wished to make use of, because it is how the art world receives it that makes that production an artwork.

The artist performs a transfiguration of the commonplace when he makes of his materials a w In this 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.