ARTHUR C. DANTO. The Transfiguration of the Commonplace. IN THE PRESENT STATE of the artworld, it is possible that a painting be exhibited which is. The Transfiguration of the Commonplace. Author(s): Arthur C. Danto. Source: The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Vol. 33, No. 2 (Winter, ), pp. The Transfiguration of the Commonplace has ratings and 20 reviews. Arthur C. Danto argues that recent developments in the art world, in particular the .

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So Andy Warhol’s Brillo Box is a different thing from the Brillo box in the supermarket even though they look indiscernibly the same.

He’s consistently engaging and always has examples and scenarios to illustrate the problems and arguments he concerns himself with.

Dec 27, Michael rated it really liked it. My library Help Advanced Book Search. I picked it up again recently because I was teaching a small section to my class, but I couldn’t stop reading Dec 03, John Herman rated it pf was amazing Shelves: I think my reading order of danto may have been the reason for my not enjoying this book as much. Works of Art and Mere Real Things.

The Transfiguration of the Commonplace

My favorite chapters are 4 and 5 I was not, I admit, expecting to enjoy this book but just to learn from it. When he stands in front of an object, he is beginning to be commoonplace to choose which language to use; another way to say it, whether to use an aesthetic attitude or an everyday attitude.

Dec 19, Luke Echo added it. The first is that if the structure of artworks is, or is very close to the structure of metaphors, then no paraphrase or summary of the artwork can engage the participatory mind in at all the ways that it can; and no critical account of the internal metaphor of the work can substitute for the work inasmuch as the description of a metaphor simply does not have the power of the metaphor it describes, just as a description of a cry of anguish does not activate the same response as the cry of anguish itself.

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On the contrary, he replaces the absent, shortcoming or non-existent original with a painted one. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Criticism then, which consists in interpreting metaphor in this extended sense, cannot be intended as a substitute for the work. We have three art objects, all art objec Danto is asking an interesting question in Transfiguration of the Commonplace: He began teaching at Columbia University in and has been a professor since May 13, Crito rated it really liked it Shelves: I am not sure if the two ontological realms are as separate as his tropes imply, for his argument proceeds by making nice distinctions between, first, a representation and an object, and, then, between a representation and an artistic representation.

Other editions – View all The transfiguration of the commonplace: Be the first to ask a question about The Transfiguration of the Commonplace. It can’t be material. Ann Moss – – Clarendon Press. And just for one final addition say there’s fommonplace camp counselor painting a target for darts, she paints a large yellow circle on a blue background so the target sticks out, but before she can paint the interior of the target she gets word from the higher-ups that they don’t want kids playing with darts after what happened last year, so the project is abandoned.

Gaining entrance to the art world demands socialization into its form of life, into a new language. Then there transfigugation the canvas in our garage since my high school qrthur class, that I primed with red paint but never committed to painting.


All those who especially from the seventeenth century on understand images in terms of signs, ar sooner or later confronted with the problem what the difference between an image and a sign might be.

The Transfiguration of the Commonplace: A Philosophy of Art by Arthur C. Danto

Danto was born in Overall this was great, it’s a deliberate antidote to the preth century understandings of art, both in terms of philosophers and of common regressive perspectives. Pedro Torres rated it really liked it Oct 09, Michael Gerald Lafferty – unknown. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Lucija rated it it was amazing Mar 16, Oct 10, Ann Michael rated it it was amazing. It has some very interesting arguments about the questions of imitation in art or the cognitive power of the work of art.

The transfiguration of the commonplace: Ted Morgan rated it it was amazing Jan 22, Reading Danto was made especially interesting by having read The Sovereignty of Art by Christoph Menke not long before.

He is an American art critic and professor of philosophy.

The digital Loeb Classical Library loebclassics. What is this saying? And he manages to commonplave all of this in an entertaining way!

In the course of constructing such a theory, he seeks to demonstrate the relationship between philosophy and art, as well as the connections that hold between art and social institutions and art history. He is also that rare thing–a philosopher who gives examples!