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Published: 09 April 1992

640 Pages | 108 illus.

6-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195059755

Bookseller Code (04)


The Philosophy of the Visual Arts

Edited by Philip A. Alperson

This innovative text provides a systematic introduction to philosophical problems concerning the visual arts, and the institutions that sustain them. Stressing conceptual and theoretical issues, the collection first examines the very notion of "the visual arts" and then investigates questions raised by various art forms, from painting, the paradigmatic visual art, to architecture, sculpture, and the more controversial modern forms of photography and film, and the borders of the arts spectrum, including kitsch, dance, the circus, body beautification, and the appreciation of the natural environment. The selections represent both classical and contemporary views and include works by artists, art historians, and critics as well as philosophers.

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