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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The Transfiguration of the Commonplace

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 shows his powerlevel, which is still approachable in its own right. Even commomplace type of representation is entirely different; mine is some ball in some pool, and yours is very specific, the sun in the sky in one particular point in time and history.

In the course of constructing such a theory, he seeks to demonstrate the relationship between philosophy and art Transfigkration C. So Andy Warhol’s Brillo Box is a different thing from the Brillo box in the supermarket even though they look indiscernibly the same.

But towards the end of The Transfiguration of the Commonplace there appear cracks in the trnsfiguration, although the cracks can even be seen in the title. Sign in Create an account. Metaphor Expression and Style. Danto is a great explainer of art.

The Transfiguration of the Commonplace: A Philosophy of Art

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.


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

It has some very interesting arguments about the questions of imitation in art or the cognitive power of the work of art.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. To ask other readers questions about The Transfiguration of the Commonplaceplease sign up. Sep 10, Ryder rated it it was amazing Shelves: The structure of the artwork is thus very close to the structure of a metaphor. Refresh and try again. Works of Art and Mere Real Things. So, how detached can dsnto be from the everyday?

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This article has no associated abstract. In this case “the artwork becomes a metaphor for life and life is transformed. Important also in all of this is that in order to see the Lichtenstein as art we must not only have a concept of art and be able to see it in the way intended by the artist required by Danto’s other writings but know something about the associations people in the s had with diagrams so that the portrait can be infused with those. Dan McKeaney rated it really liked it Jul 09, The book distinguishes what belongs to artistic theory from what 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.


The only thing that really didn’t like is that the book is so dedicated to clarify the details of the relation between knowledge and art, that it forgets to include the aesthetic part of it.

Much food for thought here, for those who spend mental energy on intellectual ideas about being, art, and expression. The Transfiguration of the Commonplace: Danto thinks it is closer to say it’s a mode of expression, in which there is a joining between metaphor, rhetoric, and style.

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Aug 24, Dora rated it it was amazing Shelves: He is best known as the influential, long-time art critic for The Nation and for his work in philosophical aesthetics and philosophy of history, though he has contributed significantly to a number of fields.

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We have three art objects, all art objec Danto is asking an interesting question transfiuration Transfiguration of the Commonplace: My library Help Advanced Book Search.