Arthur Danto, ‘The transfiguration of the commonplace. A Philosophy of Art’. Harvard University Press, Cambridge Massachusetts, London England, The Transfiguration of the Commonplace has ratings and 20 reviews. Jee said: In this work of philosophy, Danto wishes to define art, and to show why. Arthur C. Danto argues that recent developments in the art world, in particular the production of works of art that cannot be told from ordinary things, make urgent.

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So, our eyes are directed rhetorically by Lichtenstein to Cezanne’s painting so that we see it as a diagram, and then we see something else, i. Want comonplace Read Currently Reading Read. If we carry this example far enough, it makes no difference at all. He’s consistently engaging and always has examples and scenarios to illustrate the problems and arguments he concerns himself with.

The structure of the artwork is thus very close to the structure of a metaphor. Trivia About The Transfigurati 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.

So much is packed into this it is hard to parse it out. Danto is asking an interesting question in Transfiguration of the Commonplace: A pick of quotations to make it clear that also Danto sinks into this quicksand: These examples nicely make the point that an art work is what it is because of the traditions surrounding it, what the world was like around it, all this knowledge building to our attitude toward it. Want to Read saving….

Review of ‘Danto: Transfiguration of the commonplace’ by Stefan Beyst

Transffiguration same works, however, could encourage sexist rigidity in any reader fixated on its content. Dec 27, Michael rated it really liked it. The Transfiguration of the Commonplace: Images are precisely the opposite of signs. And he manages to do all of this in an entertaining way! May 08, Jess rated it really liked it. I think my reading order of danto may have been the reason for my not enjoying this book as much.

This way of representing whatever he does represent is what I have in mind by style. Or at least it isn’t compelling as Transfiguratuon elaborations of the problems and arguments against what art can’t transfiguation. Its function rather is to equip the reader or viewer with the information needed to respond to the work’s power which, after all, can be lost as concepts change or be inaccessible because of the outward difficulties of the work, which the received cultural equipment is insufficient to accommodate.


Science Logic and Mathematics. Gainsborough’s painting as time or again, time as Th painting When he stands in front of an object, he is beginning to be able to choose which language to use; another way to say it, whether to use an aesthetic attitude or an everyday attitude.

The Transfiguration of the Commonplace

As a transfiguratioh of Art, Danto’s theories work quite well as a groundwork for thinking about what art “is” or may be, and what it is not, and where the difficulties lie in discerning between those purported opposites. No wonder that Danto finds it “intoxicating” to “ponder the masterpieces” after discussing “squares of bare canvas” commonplacw much in this book, even though one risks the danger of sounding portentous. One would never say of an actual flower that it was powerful but a picture of a flower can be.

I think it interesting, however, that, whereas we commonly associate Danto with Warhol’s Brillo Boxes, the set of paintings that play the central role in the last chapter of this, his philosophical masterpiece, consists of Rembrandt’s paintings of his wife Saskia as flower goddess.

And when art is transformed into philosophy, why should philosophers not equally be transformed into artists? My favorite chapters are 4 and 5 I was not, I admit, expecting to enjoy this book but just to learn from it. In the course of constructing such a theory, he seeks to demonstrate the relationship between philosophy and art Arthur C.

He is not quite an expression theorist since he does not hold that expression is a sufficient condition, and he further understands the concept of expression in terms of its relation to style and rhetoric by which he mainly means metaphor which is a novel approach. Art critic and philosopher Arthur C. Any book that makes you want to make canto a good one. If transfiguring is also a matter of self-transcendence, of identification with following Aristotle once again something nobler than ourselves, or with someone amazing at least, then a lot more is happening here than one would suspect if one saw art as simply a class of things made art by some act within the context of the artworld or even as a matter or seeing something as art because one as art historical knowledge a nice way to characterize Danto without taking into account the significance of these pages.


The first art philosophy book I read that seemed to make sense. His approach throughout the book is to compare artworks with what he calls mere real things, when both are indiscernibly alike. Indeed, Danto tells us that Warhol truly liked Campbell soups. Commpnplace Moss – – Clarendon Press.

Gaining entrance to the art world demands socialization into its form of life, into a new language.

While this last looks exactly like the other three, it is not an art object, just a thing in the world. Or, to phrase it somewhat more sophisticatedly: The fundamental question this book addresses is “What is art? Danto worries in the next paragraph about the transfguration nature of these reflections and then says that we must think about “what makes art an exalted activity” that is universally respected.

Kerenyi – – Diogenes 10 Find it on Ths. The question how he does conceive these concepts need not further concern us here. Thus to grasp the artwork is to grasp the metaphor that is there, for example to see the women in Transtiguration painting as transfigured into flowers, and also, through this, the painting is seen as “a metaphor on time and beauty.

He uses the Saskia paintings to explain “metaphoric transfiguration” as distinct from “transformation” since the subject retains her identity in transfiguration: But the urinal is not at all transformed into the representation of something else, into an image — and such has certainly not been the intention of Duchamp, the champion of anti-mimesis par excellence. Feb 01, Andreas Antoniou rated it liked it. We have three art objects, all art objec Danto is asking an interesting question in Transfiguration of the Commonplace: I believe his intention is grasped when, after laying the appropriate groundwork, he supplies this definition of an artwork: