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Danto, Arthur. Originally published in under the English title After the End of Art. But once we have put the book down, it has, sadly, to be said that our disappointment is quite considerable. How can this be? This is his very own major narrative, if you will. The first of these two sentences, which is most astonishing if we consider the reputation of the hand that penned it, is rubbish, no more no less, and would be furiously red-pencilled in any essay by any student embarking on art history.
The result is that Greenberg is at once the person who is right when it is a matter of describing modern art, and the person who is wrong when it comes to proclaiming the end of the great modernist narrative. This is a conjuring trick which does away with any delicate question and any remotely subtle consideration of art history that issuing through the works as well as that written in their regard.
In , then aged 38 and living in Paris, while still pursuing a philosophical career, and still trying to embark on a career as a painter under the influence, one has a hunch, of American Abstract Expressionism , he blindingly discovered a reproduction of a Lichtenstein picture in an issue of Art News. For me, this meant that all artists were free to do what they wanted. This is the most illuminating moment in a book whose chief merit is thus that it helps us to grasp how one becomes Arthur Danto.
For any substantial and subtle thinking about 20th century art, however, there are other books to be recommended. Traduction de Simon Pleasance. Sylvie Patron. Nous suivre.
Mort du philosophe et critique d’art Arthur Danto
Skip to content. Skip to navigation. I made a kind of discovery about myself, sometime in , namely that I found writing philosophy more interesting than making art. Naturally, I continued to visit the galleries. It was entered from the lobby of a very luxurious town house, which has since been incorporated as a part of the Whitney Museum.
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