Journals Higher Education



Published: 30 September 2011

288 Pages | 25 color images, 45 b&w images

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

ISBN: 9780199758807

Bookseller Code (04)

Why Is That Art?

Aesthetics and Criticism of Contemporary Art

Second Edition

Terry Barrett

Why is that art? Why is it in an art museum? Who says it's art? Why is it good? Author Terry Barrett addresses these questions about contemporary art using four key sources: a broad, diverse, and engaging sampling of works, the artists who created the works, philosophers of art, and art critics. Why Is That Art? introduces students to established theories of art through the presentation of contemporary works that include abstract and representational painting, monumental sculpture, performance art, video installations, films, and photographs.

New to this Edition:

  • Includes a new glossary of key terms
  • Expands the treatment of postmodernism, incorporating strategies of postmodernist art-making
  • Provides updated discussions of artists Jeff Koons, Kiki Smith, Paul McCarthy, and Andy Goldsworthy, as well as images of their new works

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