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.

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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. And for one period, he was a successful practicing artist—he made prints. Like many intellectually aware New York intellectuals, Danto enjoyed gallery openings. As he recalls: The gallery was on the lower floor of a duplex apartment.

It contained several stacks of what looked like commercial shipping cartons, including the now famous Brillo Box. There was not a lot to look at.

At this time, Danto had no interest in the philosophy of art. But, by chance, just then the annual professional meeting of the American Philosophical Association — the society where philosophers give lectures and job applicants circulate—had an opening in the schedule for the meeting held right after Christmas. Danto himself went on to deal with other subjects. And so the whole subject of the philosophical analysis of Brillo Box seemed dead in the water.

In , Andy Warhol was only starting to attract public attention. But very soon, of course, art critics began to write extensively about him.

And then the immense literature coming from cultural studies and the emerging discipline of queer studies took up discussion. Danto himself only returned to the questions raised by Warhol in , when he published his treatise The Transfiguration of the Commonplace: A Philosophy of Art. In that book, actually, Warhol and his Brillo Box is mentioned only in passing.

Not until much later, in part because Danto became an art critic, did he return to consider Warhol in detail. Warhol changed his intellectual life- but that took a long time. Art historians are interested in Brillo Box in relation to its place in the history of art. In the grand era of Abstract Expressionism was followed soon by the time of Pop Art, and so there is a need to explain this dramatic stylistic change, and to compare Warhol to the other Pop Artists.

He had, of course, a further, non-philosophical interest in Warhol, who he wrote extensively about. We philosophers in the analytic tradition are interested in essences, in what qualities make something what it is.

So we ask: what is a person? These seemingly abstract questions are often of great practical significance. If you think that a person consists of an immortal soul joined to a body, then you live in a different world from someone who believes that persons are mere material beings.

If you believe that justice demands gender equality, then you have a very different political vision from a patriarchal thinker. Andy Warhol,.


Andy Warhol by Arthur C. Danto

I heard words like philosophy and ideas come up a lot. Where packaged product and packaged celebrity was central to US culture of that time and most definitely ours. Warhol was an early adopter in commenting through his art on this prefab culture and capitalist economy behind it. I think now we are drowning in the wave he saw in its leading edge. Witness who is in the white house right now and reality TV that created him.


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. But Danto never quite explains how we know it is art in the first place.


Andy Warhol

Art vs. Life vs. Danto Arthur C. Although Ms. My competence lies elsewhere. Writing a biography is more of an art than a science. The Factory was as much a work place as a party place.

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