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Defining Art, Creating the Canon: Artistic Value in an Era of Doubt

Paul Crowther


What is art; why should we value it; and what allows us to say that one work is better than another? Traditional answers have emphasized aesthetic form; but this has been challenged by Institutional definitions of art and postmodern critique. The idea of distinctively artistic value based on aesthetic criteria is at best doubted, and at worst, rejected. This book champions such notions. It restores the mimetic definition of art on the basis of factors which traditional answers neglect, namely the conceptual link between art's aesthetic value and ‘non-exhibited’ epistemological and historical r ... More

Keywords: aesthetic, mimetic, style, image, normative, artistic value, history, imagination, canon

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199210688
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199210688.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Crowther, author
International University Bremen, Germany
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