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But Is It Art?: An Introduction to Art Theory

But Is It Art?: An Introduction to Art Theory
A Book

by Cynthia Freeland

  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • Release : 2001-02-22
  • Pages : 254
  • ISBN : 0191504254
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In today's art world many strange, even shocking, things qualify as art. In this book, Cynthia Freeland explains why innovation and controversy are valued in the arts, weaving together philosophy and art theory with many fascinating examples. She discusses blood, beauty, culture, money, museums, sex, and politics, clarifying contemporary and historical accounts of the nature, function, and interpretation of the arts. Freeland also propels us into the future by surveying cutting-edge web sites, along with the latest research on the brain's role in perceiving art. This clear, provocative book engages with the big debates surrounding our responses to art and is an invaluable introduction to anyone interested in thinking about art.

But is it Art?

But is it Art?
The Spirit of Art as Activism

by Nina Felshin

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1995
  • Pages : 412
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This groundbreaking anthology documents the recent explosion of art that agitates for progressive social change. Leading art critics, historians, and journalists explore the provocative methods of activist artists who reject conventional art practices in favor of public sites and community participation.

The Art of Richard P. Feynman

The Art of Richard P. Feynman
Images by a Curious Character

by Richard Phillips Feynman

  • Publisher : Psychology Press
  • Release : 1995
  • Pages : 173
  • ISBN : 9782884490474
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Displays one of America's leading physicist's fascinating development of personal artistic sensitivity to line, form, and the moods of his subject.

Modeling Life

Modeling Life
Art Models Speak about Nudity, Sexuality, and the Creative Process

by Sarah R. Phillips

  • Publisher : SUNY Press
  • Release : 2012-02-01
  • Pages : 157
  • ISBN : 079148100X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A fascinating consideration of the work of life models and the models’ own perspectives on their craft.

The Art of the Comic Book

The Art of the Comic Book
An Aesthetic History

by Robert C. Harvey

  • Publisher : Univ. Press of Mississippi
  • Release : 1996
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 9780878057580
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Traces the history of comic books, discusses the economics of the field and the changing relationship between the words and the pictures, and profiles leading artists

What Art Is

What Art Is
The Esthetic Theory of Ayn Rand

by Michelle Kamhi,Louis Torres

  • Publisher : Open Court
  • Release : 2016-05-26
  • Pages : 450
  • ISBN : 0812699599
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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What is art? The arts establishment has a simple answer: anything is art if a reputed artist or expert says it is. Though many people are skeptical about the alleged new art forms that have proliferated since the early twentieth century, today's critics claim that all such work, however incomprehensible, is art. A groundbreaking alternative to this view is provided by philosopher-novelist Ayn Rand (1901–1982). Best known as the author of The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, Rand also created an original and illuminating theory of art, which confirms the widespread view that much of today's purported art is not really art at all. In What Art Is, Torres and Kamhi present a lucid introduction to Rand's esthetic theory, contrasting her ideas with those of other thinkers. They conclude that, in its basic principles, her account is compelling, and is corroborated by evidence from anthropology, neurology, cognitive science, and psychology. The authors apply Rand's theory to a debunking of the work of prominent modernists and postmodernists—from Mondrian, Jackson Pollock, and Samuel Beckett to John Cage, Merce Cunningham, and other highly regarded postmodernist figures. Finally, they explore the implications of Rand's ideas for the issues of government and corporate support of the arts, art law, and art education. "This is one of the most interesting, provocative, and well-written books on aesthetics that I know. While fully accessible to the general reader, What Art Is should be of great interest to specialists as well. Ayn Rand's largely unknown writings on art—especially as interpreted, released from dogma, and smoothed out by Torres and Kamhi—are remarkably refined. Moreover, her ideas are positively therapeutic after a century of artistic floundering and aesthetic quibbling. Anyone interested in aesthetics, in the purpose of art, or in the troubling issues posed by modernism and post modernism should read this book." —Randall R. Dipert Author of Artifacts, Art Works, and Agency "Torres and Kamhi effectively situate Rand's long-neglected esthetic theory in the wider history of ideas. They not only illuminate her significant contribution to an understanding of the nature of art; they also apply her ideas to a trenchant critique of the twentieth century's 'advanced art.' Their exposure of the invalidity of abstract art is itself worth the price of admission." —Chris Matthew Sciabarra Author of Ayn Rand: The Russian Radical "Rand's aesthetic theory merits careful study and thoughtful criticism, which Torres and Kamhi provide. Their scholarship is sound, their presentation is clear, and their judgment is refreshingly free from the biases that Rand's supporters and detractors alike tend to bring to considerations of her work." —Stephen Cox University of California, San Diego

But is it Garbage?

But is it Garbage?
On Rock and Trash

by Steven L. Hamelman

  • Publisher : University of Georgia Press
  • Release : 2004
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN : 9780820325873
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Trash has been blowing across the rock'n'roll landscape since the first amplified guitar riff tore through American mass culture. Throwaway tunes, wasted fans, crappy reviews, junk bins of remaindered albums: much of rock's quintessence is handily conveyed in terms of disposability and impermanence. Steven L. Hamelman sums up these rubbishy affinities as rock's "trash trope." Trash is an obvious physical presence on the rock scene -- think of Woodstock's littered pastures or the many hotel rooms redecorated by the Who. More intriguingly, Hamelman says, trash is the catalyst for a powerful mode of rock composition and criticism. It is, for instance, both cause and effect when performers like the Ramones or Beck at once critique junk culture and revel in it. But Is It Garbage? spills over with challenging insights into how rock's creators, critics, and consumers transform, and are transformed by, trash as a fact and a concept. In the music's preoccupation with its own trashiness readers will perceive a wellspring of rock innovation and inspiration -- one largely overlooked and little understood until now.

Arresting Images

Arresting Images
Impolitic Art and Uncivil Actions

by Steven C. Dubin

  • Publisher : Psychology Press
  • Release : 1992
  • Pages : 374
  • ISBN : 9780415908931
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Steven Dubin guides readers through the artistic, cultural, political and social issues exposed by certain disputes between contemporary artists and various US institutions who have sought to prosecute them or to suppress their work.

The Magic Kingdom

The Magic Kingdom
Walt Disney and the American Way of Life

by Steven Watts

  • Publisher : University of Missouri Press
  • Release : 2001-10
  • Pages : 526
  • ISBN : 9780826213792
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Offers an up-close and personal look at the man and mogul behind Disney Studios and the Disney empire through an examination of his work practices, private views, and relationships with family members.

... But is it Art?

... But is it Art?
An Enquiry Into Graphic Novels and Their Importance Within Contemporary Western Literature

by Melissa Collier-Baker

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2008
  • Pages : 42
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Gunga Din and Other Favorite Poems

Gunga Din and Other Favorite Poems
A Book

by Rudyard Kipling

  • Publisher : Courier Corporation
  • Release : 2012-08-02
  • Pages : 80
  • ISBN : 0486158209
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Treasury of 44 poems recalls British character and attitudes at the height of the Empire. "Gunga Din," "Danny Deever," "If—," "The White Man’s Burden," many others, reprinted from standard texts. Notes.

The Uses of Reason in the Evaluation of Artworks

The Uses of Reason in the Evaluation of Artworks
Commentaries on the Turner Prize

by Les Gillon

  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release : 2017-08-20
  • Pages : 163
  • ISBN : 3319563661
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This book uses an examination of the annual Turner Prize to defend the view that the evaluation of artworks is a reason-based activity, notwithstanding the lack of any agreed criteria for judging excellence in art. It undertakes an empirical investigation of actual critical practice as evident within published commentaries on the Prize in order to examine and test theories of critical evaluation, including the ideas of Noel Carroll, Frank Sibley, Kendall Walton and Suzanne Langer. Case studies of work by Turner Prize winners such as Steve McQueen, Martin Creed, Tomma Abts are used to explore definitions of art and concepts of artistic value and meaning. The book will be of interest to academics in the fields of aesthetics, contemporary art and cultural studies, but also to practitioners working in the arts, media and education.

The Naked and the Undead

The Naked and the Undead
Evil and the Appeal of Horror

by Cynthia Freeland

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2019-09-13
  • Pages : 339
  • ISBN : 9780367318741
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Horror is often dismissed as mass art of lowbrow entertainment that produced only shirt-term thrills. Horror films can be bloody, gory and disturbing, so some people argue that they have bad moral effects, inciting viewers to imitate cinematic violence or desensitizing them to atrocities. In The Naked and the Undead: Evil and the Appeal of Ho

Understanding Audience Engagement in the Contemporary Arts

Understanding Audience Engagement in the Contemporary Arts
A Book

by Stephanie E. Pitts,Sarah M. Price

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2020-09-23
  • Pages : 234
  • ISBN : 1000167356
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Drawing on unique multi-arts, multi-city scholarly research, Understanding Audiences for the Contemporary Arts makes a timely and urgent contribution to debates about the place of arts and culture in contemporary society. The authors critically interrogate the challenges of access, diversity, privilege and responsibility in contemporary art. Asking who benefits from, pays for and consumes the arts, the book highlights fresh, forward-thinking audience and organisational attitudes that show the potential of live arts engagement to contribute to engaged citizenship. Complemented by comparative global analysis, the cutting-edge insights in this book are relevant for interdisciplinary researchers across audience studies and beyond. Enhanced by a new framework for the understanding audience engagement, the book is relevant to scholars, policymakers and reflective practitioners across the spectrum of arts and cultural industries management. Chapter 7 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF under a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license here.

Apostles of Rock

Apostles of Rock
The Splintered World of Contemporary Christian Music

by Jay R. Howard,John M. Streck

  • Publisher : University Press of Kentucky
  • Release : 2015-01-13
  • Pages : 312
  • ISBN : 0813148057
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Apostles of Rock is the first objective, comprehensive examination of the contemporary Christian music phenomenon. Some see CCM performers as ministers or musical missionaries, while others define them as entertainers or artists. This popular musical movement clearly evokes a variety of responses concerning the relationship between Christ and culture. The resulting tensions have splintered the genre and given rise to misunderstanding, conflict, and an obsessive focus on self-examination. As Christian stars Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, DC Talk, and Sixpence None the Richer climb the mainstream charts, Jay Howard and John Streck talk about CCM as an important movement and show how this musical genre relates to a larger popular culture. They map the world of CCM by bringing together the perspectives of the people who perform, study, market, and listen to this music. By examining CCM lyrics, interviews, performances, web sites, and chat rooms, Howard and Streck uncover the religious and aesthetic tensions within the CCM community. Ultimately, the conflict centered around Christian music reflects the modern religious community's understanding of evangelicalism and the community's complex relationship with American popular culture.

Art, Morality and Human Nature

Art, Morality and Human Nature
Writings by Richard W. Beardsmore

by John Haldane,Ieuan Lloyd

  • Publisher : Andrews UK Limited
  • Release : 2017-06-07
  • Pages : 410
  • ISBN : 1845409485
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This collection brings together the text of the monograph Art and Morality by the philosopher Richard Beardsmore along with fourteen other essays (both published and previously unpublished) in which he explores further some of the themes of his seminal book. With the revival of interest among philosophers and others in the relationships between art and morality the publication of this material is especially timely. Beardsmore's original contribution first introduced the principal terminology in which discussions have been expressed and many of the later essays showed the influence of Wittgenstein. The publication of this anthology of his writings on these themes has been welcomed by others writing on the same or related themes.

Rudyard Kipling: Everyman Poetry

Rudyard Kipling: Everyman Poetry
Everyman's Poetry

by Rudyard Kipling

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2012-04-26
  • Pages : 128
  • ISBN : 1780223323
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Includes the ever popular "If", along with the best of Kipling's powerful, fluent poetry.

The Complete Poems by Rudyard Kipling - Delphi Classics (Illustrated)

The Complete Poems by Rudyard Kipling - Delphi Classics (Illustrated)
A Book

by Rudyard Kipling

  • Publisher : Delphi Classics
  • Release : 2017-07-17
  • Pages : 838
  • ISBN : 1788772644
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This eBook features the unabridged text of ‘The Complete Poems by Rudyard Kipling - Delphi Classics (Illustrated)’ from the bestselling edition of ‘The Complete Works of Rudyard Kipling’. Having established their name as the leading publisher of classic literature and art, Delphi Classics produce publications that are individually crafted with superior formatting, while introducing many rare texts for the first time in digital print. The Delphi Classics edition of Kipling includes original annotations and illustrations relating to the life and works of the author, as well as individual tables of contents, allowing you to navigate eBooks quickly and easily. eBook features: * The complete unabridged text of ‘The Complete Poems by Rudyard Kipling - Delphi Classics (Illustrated)’ * Beautifully illustrated with images related to Kipling’s works * Individual contents table, allowing easy navigation around the eBook * Excellent formatting of the textPlease visit www.delphiclassics.com to learn more about our wide range of titles

From Text to Literature

From Text to Literature
New Analytic and Pragmatic Approaches

by S. Olsen,A. Pettersson

  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release : 2005-09-14
  • Pages : 206
  • ISBN : 0230524176
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The articles in this collection focus attention on the concept of literature and on the relationship between this concept and the concepts of a literary work and a literary text. Adopting an analytic approach, the articles attempt to clarify how these concepts govern our thinking about the phenomenon of literature in various ways, exploring the issues which arise when these concepts are employed as theoretical instruments for describing and analyzing the phenomenon of literature.

Internet Babylon

Internet Babylon
Secrets, Scandals, and Shocks on the Information Superhighway

by Greg Holden

  • Publisher : Apress
  • Release : 2004-04-05
  • Pages : 488
  • ISBN : 1430206845
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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* Looks at the Internet from a morbid, sordid, entertaining perspective rather than a technical how-to perspective * Makes the Internet fun, fascinating, and non-intimidating for casual users. * Focuses on well-known actors, politicians, performing artists, and other public figures and how they have been treated online.