Art vs. Life vs. Danto Arthur C. Although Ms. My competence lies elsewhere. Writing a biography is more of an art than a science.

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Art vs. Life vs. Danto cont. He returns to the subject in the final chapter of his book by using the example of a Holy Grail vessel to illustrate his point. But Danto never quite explains how we know it is art in the first place.

Danto seems to veer toward such a definition of art in an earlier essay on the subject - "The Philosopher as Andy Warhol" included in the inaugural publication of The Warhol museum in In that essay he draws an analogy between the Brillo Boxes and "camels and dromedaries" writing " Something cannot be a camel that looks like a dromedary, but something can be an artwork which looks just like a real thing.

What makes the one art may be something quite invisible, perhaps how it arrived in the world and what someone intended it to be. It could not have been art fifty years ago.

If somebody creates something as art and that thing is perceived as art then it is art. Could art exist in a vacuum? Would a painting by Picasso which was left in an empty room still be a work of art - without being perceived by anyone and without an art theorist in attendance to tell us it was art?

The East Village Other version was "If you want to know all about Andy Warhol, just look at the surface: of my paintings and films and me, and there I am. Andy Warhol: Well, I like - I guess, yeah. Gretchen Berg: What do you like? Andy Warhol: The surface. Buchloh interview in which he is asked about Dada and Duchamp and the Paul Taylor interview in which he discusses the Last Suppers.

Danto also makes a critical error, although an understandable one, when he writes "the term Pop art was first used in by Lawrence Alloway, a British critic, initially to designate American mass media popular culture, Hollywood movies in particular.

But if Danto had read the actual article he would have noticed that the term "Pop art" does not actually appear in it. Alloway was partially responsible for the confusion.

In an essay by him which first appeared in Auction magazine in February and was later reprinted in a collection of essays by Alloway titled Topics in American Art Since NY: W. By the winter of the term was in use, either as Pop Culture or Pop Art. It was not meant to designate an actual art movement. As Alloway stated in his essay, "sometime between the winter of the phrase acquired currency in conversation, in connection with the shared work and discussion among members of the Independent Group.

The original Factory - the one that gave us Edie Sedgwick - was in existence for about four years. Warhol moved into the first Factory on January 28, and into the second Factory during the week of February 5, Danto writes, "The first period changed art philosophically. It would be difficult to argue this for the latter period. I say "I think" in regard to the Dollar Signs because on one page Danto refers to them as "marvelously inventive" and on the next as "too decorative and too playful.

Danto writes "I believe that at some moment between and Andy Warhol underwent an artistic change deep enough to bear comparison with a religious conversion - too deep, one might say, not to be a religious conversion. The display included Advertisement - described by Danto as "a montage of black-and-white newspaper ads In reference to these paintings, Danto writes "All religion is based on suffering and its radical relief" and that "It was as if the message of saviors had been translated into the universal language of cheap American advertisements.

At the time that Warhol went Pop there were other artists, including Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg, who were using commonplace objects and found imagery in their works and Warhol was aware that this was the direction that art was heading.

He was particularly taken with the works of Jasper Johns. About the Soup Cans, Danto writes that although "what caused Warhol to begin to paint the advertisements and cartoons he installed for a brief time in the Bonwit Teller window is one of the deep mysteries of his biography He wanted to become very famous very quickly, and nothing could achieve that for him that did not attract media attention.

At the time he started painting them he did not even have a gallery that was willing to show them. The decision to paint the Soup Cans was primarily an aesthetic or conceptual one - in other words an artistic decision. Warhol had no idea at the time that he painted them that the Soup Cans would be the success that they eventually became or how famous he would become as a result. When Warhol went Pop he was risking quite a lot, including taking a financial risk.

In the painting there is a double image of Jesus Christ with eyes downcast, presumably looking at a plate situated on the table in front of him on the canvas. Danto often seems to be making philosophical mountains out of theoretical molehills.


Arthur C. Danto

Museum The Warhol Museum mourns the loss of a brilliant mind whom many of us were fortunate to call a colleague, Arthur Danto, who passed on October 25, His perspectives on art shaped the aesthetic discourse of his times. Arthur Danto was a famous, much published philosopher. He wrote major studies of epistemology, historiography and the theory of action, as well as studies of such varied subjects as Nietzsche, Jean-Paul Sartre and Oriental Religion. He was a distinguished art critic, famous for the catholic range of his enthusiasms.


Arthur Danto

Art vs. Life vs. Danto cont. He returns to the subject in the final chapter of his book by using the example of a Holy Grail vessel to illustrate his point.


Andy Warhol by Arthur C. Danto

Non-conventional definitions take a concept like the aesthetic as an intrinsic characteristic in order to account for the phenomena of art. In terms of classificatory disputes about art , Danto takes a conventional approach. His "institutional definition of art" considers whatever art schools, museums, and artists get away with, regardless of formal definitions. Danto has written on this subject in several of his recent works and a detailed treatment is to be found in Transfiguration of the Commonplace. Danto, Carroll Clause iv is what makes the definition institutionalist. The view has been criticized for entailing that art criticism written in a highly rhetorical style is art, lacking but requiring an independent account of what makes a context art historical, and for not applying to music.

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