Focus on Danto – Arthur Danto’s Andy Warhol. Leitmotiv – 0/ http://www. Warhol’s philosophical contribution actually manifests. In a work of great wisdom and insight, art critic and philosopher Arthur Danto delivers a compact, masterful tour of Andy Warhol’s personal. Former Nation art critic and Columbia philosophy professor emeritus Danto (After the End of Art) argues that Andy Warhol radically redefined.

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Oct 06, Debra Komar rated it liked it. Danto helps readers to understand not only Warhol and his art, but w This book raised Andy Warhol’s importance to art in my eyes. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Showing of 8 reviews.

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Rather, it is an extended, academic essay by Danto outlining why Warhol was a significant force in the modern art world. Who Was Andy Warhol? For instance, Danto draws too neat a line between Warhol’s pre- and post work although I give him credit for resisting the myth that the shift in Warhol’s artistic approach was caused entirely by his brush with death in establishing an “important” Andy Warhol and a merely “iconic” Andy Warhol.

You can focus on the Marilyn paintings, the Brillo Boxes or the Campbell Soup Cans and begin to understand how Warhol changed how we understand what is art. Preview — Andy Warhol by Arthur C. Those who have believed that Danto was an important guide through the philosophy of art may begin to wonder if the guide will return to providing new insights.

To a new viewer of one of Warhol’s Brillo boxes, which Danto believes to be among the most important sculptures of the 20th century, there may be no obvious reason to value the reproduction more highly than the original, resulting in a failure to register Warhol’s genius.

He offers close readings of individual Warhol works, including their social context and philosophical dimensions, key differences with predecessors such as Marcel Duchamp, and parallels with successors like Jeff Koons.


The book is part of a series of short books from the Yale University Press, aimed at exploring American culture by exploring the lives of particular individuals. As always, Danto is brilliant in his light philosophy around Andy Warhol’s life and work. By focusing on Warhol’s art, and more importantly its reverberations through the global concept of art, rather than on the artist’s life, Danto provides a quick summary that gives philistines like myself a quick grasp on why we should give a damn.

Contents The Window at Bonwits. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Danto’s interview “the Brillo Box and so forth I have spoken with some lovers of art who also feel that much of what is contemporary read here after is a sort of con job.

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Books by Arthur C. Customers who bought this item also bought. Refresh and try again. Considering the breadth of Warhol’s work, such narrowness is welcome, but it yields a number of troubling generalizations and omissions. Dec 19, Elliot Chalom rated it really liked it. Account Options Sign in. I suppose that for generations that never heard of Warhol and that may be interested into a quick peek into his life and work, without too much effort the essay is less than pages of easily-grasped language and generously-sized type the volume may be of interest.

Danto brings to bear encyclopedic knowledge of Warhol’s time and shows us Warhol as an endlessly multidimensional figure–artist, political activist, filmmaker, writer, philosopher–who retains permanent residence in our national imagination.

There is no doubt that Andy Warhol was an important cultural icon, perhaps as much from self-marketing as from the content and form of his work.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. Most importantly in this case: His book Encounters and Reflections: That is probably why it took me so long to finish it.

Andy Warhol by Arthur C. Danto

It was novel in the sixties but as Andy when asked if art was going to get repetitive abdy churn out more and more of taffy pop that he had his pulse on he answered: Barry rated it really liked it Oct 26, No trivia or quizzes yet. The space between the objects that Warhol duplicated and the art he produced in careful reproduction must be filled with an entire philosophy of art that simply could not have existed before Andy Warhol. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?


Started a while ago, and finally finished it.

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Danto suggests that “what makes him an American icon is that his subject matter is always something that the ordinary American understands: Witness who is in the white house right now and reality TV that created him.

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He offers close readings of individual Warhol works, including their social context and philosophical dimensions, key zrthur with waarhol such as Marcel Duchamp, and warnol with successors like Jeff Koons.

View all 3 comments. It raises and answers several questions that have been around since the contemporary art of the early XXth century appeared: This was interesting book to read from the perspective of a philosopher of aesthetics, rather than just a straight forward biography of facts about the artist. Triin rated it really dwnto it Oct 26, This little book on an “artist” by Danto is an excellent explanation of the philosophical-psychological aspect of what makes art art with an emphasis on pop art which is perhaps the most exaggerated example of how that all works.

However, the writing is pretty loose and episodic. Browse our editors’ picks for the best books of the year in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children’s books, and much more. Danto succeeds in succinctly explaining what makes such objects high art. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. I wouldn’t recommend this to anybody.

What’s the difference between an ordinary object and art?