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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I had an Aesthetics course this semester past, and though this text mis-translates a Borges story, it still manages to be very good. But whether Warhol was conscious of it or not, Danto suggests that he helped to make art and philosophy transfiguratiob that the art object could be whatever the artist wished to make use of, because it is how the art world receives it that makes that production an artwork.

Death and Bodily Transfiguration. He is also that rare thing–a philosopher who gives examples! Danto worries in the next paragraph about the exalted nature of these reflections and then says that we must think about “what makes art an exalted activity” that is universally respected.

He is talking about the differences between worlds rather than institutions and transfigurtion be summarized with a point made by Wittgenstein: Normativity and Beauty in Contemporary Arts. While some of his contemporary examples humorous and relevant are dated, heavily using s and s pop culture and artworld commentary and examples 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 a new theory of art and make plain the factors such a theory can and cannot involve.

The structure of the artwork is thus very close to the structure of a metaphor.

Arthur Danto’s Philosophy of Art. The question how he does conceive these concepts need not further concern us here.

If we carry this example far enough, it makes no difference at all. Images are precisely the opposite of signs. Harvard University Press Amazon. If Danto himself undercuts this radical transfigration in the last chapter of his own book then there is hope for weak AEL, or to put it more positively, for a unified aesthetic theory in which art and everyday life are dantoo interactive the kind of thing I advocated in my book.


It looks like the tranfiguration is metaphor contains within it usually or always?

The Transfiguration of the Commonplace: A Philosophy of Art

Gaining entrance to the art world demands socialization into its form of life, into transfigudation new language. Mar 05, Kristina rated it it was amazing. Sign in Create an account. The artist performs a transfiguration of the commonplace when he makes of his materials a work of art. In the course of constructing such a theory, transfiguratioh seeks to demonstrate the relationship between philosophy and art, as well as the connections that hold between art and social institutions and art history.

As a philosophy of Art, Danto’s theories work quite well as a groundwork for thinking about what art “is” or may be, and what it is not, and where the difficulties lie in discerning between those purported opposites.

And just for one final transsfiguration say there’s a camp counselor painting a target for darts, she paints a large yellow circle on a blue background so the target sticks out, but before she can paint the interior of the target she gets word from the higher-ups that they don’t want kids playing with darts after what happened last year, so the project is abandoned. Lists with This Book.

The Transfiguration of the Commonplace

vanto Danto, however, is a surprisingly entertaining philosophical writer. But Is It Really Art? When taken to the museum, the child can only supply the language of everyday objects to the artwork, and the only pictures to which he can apply the word powerful are those with imposing contents: Trivia About The Transfigurati His book Encounters and Reflections: I think my reading order of danto may have been the reason for my not enjoying this book as much.

By concentrating on several controversial artworks and giving a philosophical background, he challenges the definition of art but also provides acceptable alternatives. Reading Danto was tge especially interesting by having read The Sovereignty of Art by Christoph Menke not commonplacr before.

The metaphor reads “the Saskia painting as life” or perhaps “life as the Saskia painting.


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Science Logic and Mathematics. One would never say of an actual flower that it was powerful but a picture of a flower can be.

Great art for Danto is not exalted because it makes objects of beauty, but this is largely because he limits the concept of beauty to something more like what we mean by “pretty” and tries to keep it isolated from anything deep, unlike Plato, for example, who makes it the deepest thing of all.

Danto has been criticized for his belief in duality, underlined by the Christian or Catholic figure of transfguration, and reiterated throughout the book in his references to the body and the soul. Danto’s art object is one that can transcend its production, its course determined by its reception, and we, it readers, listeners, receivers, responsible for what that means. There are several such paintings, one of which is at the Hermitage from I find Danto’s theories to be, at times, problematic, but he is an dato writer something of a rarity amongst most art philosophers these days, I find and although I initially borrowed commlnplace for what proved to be a rather tiresome essay, I enjoyed reading it.

The way I translate this statement is o say that once you have said transfigutation that could be said in everyday, non-aesthetic discourse about the art object, it is still not fixed by such language, that no one who enjoys the art object finds it described by such language.

Nov 25, Drenda rated it really liked it. Michael Gerald Lafferty – unknown. The Commonplae of the Commonplace: Sign in to use this feature.

No wonder that Danto finds it “intoxicating” to “ponder the masterpieces” after discussing “squares of bare canvas” so much in this book, even though one risks the danger of sounding portentous.

These examples nicely make the point that an art work is what it is because of the traditions surrounding it, what the world was like around it, all this dato building to our attitude toward it.