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Joseph P. Huston, Marcos Nadal, Francisco Mora, Luigi F. Agnati, and Camilo José Cela Conde

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199670000

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199670000.001.0001

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Aesthetic Evaluation of Art: A Formal Approach

Aesthetic Evaluation of Art: A Formal Approach

(p.479) Chapter 24 Aesthetic Evaluation of Art: A Formal Approach
Art, Aesthetics, and the Brain

Alexander J. Huston

Joseph P. Huston

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents an analysis of the attributes (termed qualia) that are perceived in works of art, such as painting, architecture, and music, and how they determine how the work is evaluated by the viewer and the artist. A formal model is proposed to account for the role of the multiple attributes in the evaluation process, whereby their number, weight, quality, and their interactions are construed as compound causal factors. The formal analysis of concurrent attributes is meant to serve as a conceptual blueprint and guideline for viewing art and understanding the process of its evaluation. The model makes empirically testable predictions relevant (e.g. to minimal art) and provides a basis for an explanation of its aesthetic appeal and complexity. The chapter also addresses the problems inherent in the search for brain mechanisms involved in the encoding and response to the experienced concurrent qualia in artworks.

Keywords:   qualities, qualia, art, architecture, theory of evaluation, attributes of art, mathematical model, classical modern, minimalism

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