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Published: 07 February 2002

264 Pages | 8 pp. colour plates, 24 halftones


ISBN: 9780192853677

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But Is It Art?

An Introduction to Art Theory

Cynthia Freeland

  • More responsive to the actual world of art today than are most books on aesthetics.
  • Up-to-date and future-oriented: devotes a chapter to art on the web, video art, art museum CD-ROMs and various theorists of the new media and of postmodern art
  • Packed with real-world art examples
  • Discusses topical artists like Andres Serrano and Damien Hirst as well as more historical examples like Goya and Velazquez
  • Includes discussion of some recent research by neuroscientists on how the brain is involved in our perceptions of art
  • Illustrated with a wide range of salient images - important because many aesthetics books by philosophers actually have few or even no images
  • The style is clear, lively, and humorous

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