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Defining Art, Creating the CanonArtistic Value in an Era of Doubt$
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Paul Crowther

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199210688

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199210688.001.0001

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Cultural Exclusion and the Definition of Art

Cultural Exclusion and the Definition of Art

(p.15) 1 Cultural Exclusion and the Definition of Art
Defining Art, Creating the Canon

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This chapter proposes that formalist and Institutional approaches to the definition of art are both conceptually flawed and involve cultural exclusion in an unacceptable way. A sustained critical assessment of Bell and Beardsley, and then Dickie and Danto's difficulties in these areas is offered. An alternative approach is then developed, which emphasizes the image's interpretative style as a distinctive mode of the aesthetic, and explores its important connections with mental imagery and the structure of self-consciousness. This offers the basis of a normative definition of art with a universal orientation, rather than one based on the centrality of marginal western idioms.

Keywords:   mental imagery, Dickie, Danto, normative, aesthetic, Bell, Beardsley, image

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