The title of Arthur C. Danto’s Paul Carus Lectures on art and beauty confronts us On the one hand, The Abuse of Beauty can refer to the violence that beauty. THE ABUSE of Beauty is Arthur Danto’s most sustained reflection to date on the Arthur Danto, The Abuse of Beauty: Aesthetics and the Concept of Art. Abstract. Danto’s The Abuse of Beauty is a late work. As such, one cannot grasp what is at stake in it without taking both its claims and its tone.

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Aryhur for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Abuse of Beauty: Aesthetics and the Concept of Art by Arthur C. Danto simply and entertainingly traces the evolution of the concept of beauty over the past century and explores how it was removed from the definition of art.

Beauty then came to be regarded as a serious aesthetic crime, whereas a hundred years ago it was almost unanimously considered the supreme purpose of art.

Beauty is not, and should not be, the be-all and end-all of Danto simply if entertainingly traces the evolution of the concept of beauty over the past century and explores how it was removed from the definition of art. Beauty is not, and should not be, the be-all and end-all of art, but it arrthur an important place, and is not something to be avoided.

The Abuse of Beauty: Aesthetics and the Concept of Art

Danto draws eruditely upon the thoughts of artists and critics such as Rimbaud, Fry, Matisse, the Dadaists, Duchamp, and Greenberg, as well beatuy on that of philosophers like Hume, Kant, and Hegel. Danto agrees with the dethroning of beauty as the essence of art, and maintains with telling examples that most art is not, in fact, beautiful. He argues, however, for the partial rehabilitation of beauty and the removal of any critical taboo against beauty.

Beauty is one among the many modes through which thoughts are presented to human sensibility in art: Paperbackpages. Published June 6th by Open Court first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Abuse of Beautyplease sign artyur. Lists with This Book. Jan 26, Glenn Russell rated it it was amazing.


Beauth was an American philosopher and art critic who taught at Columbia University and devoted many years to th the New York art scene and writing on contemporary art and art history.

The Abuse of Beauty: Aesthetics and the Concept of Art by Arthur C. Danto

But then something interesting happened in the art word — the artists of the s completely turned their backs on the type of art produced by the Abstract Expressionists. These new artists created in fresh, bold, revolutionary and even anti-aesthetic ways.

Both were indifferent to edification and exaltation, both appealed to a kind of hard-edge thinking. It was for me a particularly exhilarating moment. I would have had no interest in being an artist in the new period. But I found it intoxicating to be a philosopher of art when art had shuffled off all the heavy metaphysical draperies the Abstract Expressionists were happy to wear as their intellectual garments, and were content to produce works that looked for all the world like commonplace objects of daily life.

It was this desire to erase the division between fine art and everyday objects by Pop Artists like Warhol and which harkens back to the readymades of Marcel Duchamp that obsessed Danto. With his beaut interest in language and the philosophical definition of art, Danto was the right philosophical man at the right time.

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Ironically, Danto sees aesthetics at work on some level since the Brillo boxes were more pleasing and enjoyable to arthjr at than the other Warhol boxes, for instance, the Heauty Ketchup boxes. To underscore this visual enjoyment, Danto cites how, after a lifetime of living with all those drab government-issued boxes, the underground Soviet artists found the Pop Art absolutely beautiful! And yet beauty has almost entirely disappeared from artistic reality in the twentieth century, as if attractiveness was somehow a stigma, with its crass commercial implications.

But please be aware, the world Danto is speaking about here is the art world contained within museum walls and the ideas he delineates dantto from post-enlightenment and modern philosophers, most notably David Hume, Immanuel Kant, G. Hegel, Roger Fry and G. What constitutes the cultural world for the mass of people, things like film, television and sports, are not even mentioned. But it is not an option for life. It is a necessary condition for life as we would want to live it.

That is why beauty, unlike the other aesthetic qualities, the sublime included, is a value. View all 11 comments. I was pleasantly surprised at how fluently Danto writes!

He has a unique style, especially in comparison to other philosophers and art historians, who tend to use a kind of enigmatic metalanguage. Danto is much more blunt and even funny at certain times, yet his ideas are immensely important, perhaps even revolutionary for art theory.


This just spurred me to continue reading some of his other works.

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He is an American art critic and professor of philosophy. Thf 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. His interests span thought, feeling, philosophy beeauty art, theories of representation, philosophical psychology, Hegel’s aesthetics, and the philosophers Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Arthur Schopenhauer.

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