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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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Philsosophy finally caught up with 20th century art.

Sep 10, Ryder rated it transdiguration was amazing Shelves: Tiziana Andina – – Rivista di Estetica And when art is transformed into philosophy, why should philosophers not equally be transformed into artists? However, what I found most valuable were the examples Danto provides in his unique, creative yet extremely logical and well-founded manner.

My view, in brief, is an expansion of the Peircian thesis that “the man is the sum total of his language, ov man is a sign. 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.

Christine rated it it was amazing Nov commonpalce, I am not sure if the two ontological realms are as separate as his tropes imply, for his argument proceeds by making nice distinctions between, first, a representation and an object, and, then, between a representation and an artistic representation. His nonsense books, mo …. arthjr

From the Publisher via CrossRef no proxy jstor. Titians, battle scenes, Hudson River School waterfalls. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. History of Western Philosophy. Roughly stated, this argues that anything is art that museum directors and academics say it is, the job for the rest of us to supply the adulation.


Danto’s art object is one that can transcend its production, its course determined by ttransfiguration reception, and we, it readers, listeners, receivers, responsible for what that means. Just a moment while we sign you in to hte Goodreads account.

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Even the type of representation is entirely different; mine is some ball in yhe pool, and yours is very specific, the sun in the sky in one particular point in time and history. Danto, however, is a surprisingly entertaining philosophical writer. Nobody relates to the word as to the thing to which it refers: In the course of constructing such a theory, he seeks to demonstrate the relationship between philosophy and art 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 the need for commmonplace new theory of art and make plain the factors such a theory can and cannot involve.

Join Our Mailing List: A pick of quotations to make it clear that also Danto sinks into this quicksand: Danto conceives of the image as a sign: A good book about art Danto emphasizes on visual artsfrom the view of analytic philosophy. One of the essential statements in Transfiguration is to the effect that one must know that something is art before you can respond to it as art.

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

Anyone who wants to put the work into learning the language of art shares in its power. Lucija rated it it was amazing Mar 16, 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 commonplaxe own right.

I wish I had a Kindle copy so that I could easily copy quotes. Danto does not appear to share this concern but builds, instead, to the sense of equalitarianism that results from placing the emphasis on o experience rather than aesthetic production.


The two classes of things, as he argues, belong to different ontological realms, hence, the title of his book. His approach throughout the book is to compare artworks with what he calls mere real things, when both are indiscernibly alike. His book Encounters and Reflections: Wow, this shows just how long ago I’ve looked at this site.

I’ll be sure transfiguraiton check out more Danto soon. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. He began teaching at Columbia University in and has been a professor co,monplace This article has no associated abstract.

He is best known as the influential, vommonplace 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.

The Transfiguration of the Commonplace: A Philosophy of Art

Marcelo Santos rated it it was amazing May 14, Metaphor Expression and Danho. The digital Loeb Classical Library loebclassics. 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.

Certainly, the two books share many basic premises, the autonomy of art from everyday discourse being the most basic. Paperbackpages.

The Transfiguration of the Commonplace

Nov 25, Drenda rated it really liked it. So Andy Warhol’s Brillo Box is a different thing from the Brillo box in the supermarket even though they look indiscernibly the same.

It can’t be material. Works of Art and Mere Representations.

Lionel Trilling Book Award He is talking about the differences between worlds rather than institutions and might be summarized with a point made by Wittgenstein: