Journals Higher Education



Published: 23 February 2017

304 Pages

7-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190268848

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Why Is That Art?

Aesthetics and Criticism of Contemporary Art

Third Edition

Terry Barrett

  • Explores a variety of established theories of art, including Realism, Expressionism, Cognitivism, Formalism, and Postmodernist Pluralism
  • Applies each theory to contemporary works of art, discussing strengths and limitations of each mode of interpretation
  • Brings abstract ideas together in an accessible way through extended examples, giving students the understanding and vocabulary to confidently enter critical dialogue about art

New to this Edition:

  • Additional coverage of non-Western artists featuring works by Mona Hatoum, Takashi Murakami, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and more
  • A thoroughly revised Chapter 6 and Conclusion emphasizing the application of theory to the works themselves
  • Updates throughout reflecting the latest research and thinking in art theory and criticism

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