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Art and Abstract Objects

Christy Mag Uidhir


The standard way of thinking about non-repeatable (single-instance) artworks such as paintings, drawings, and non-cast sculpture is that they are concrete things (i.e. material, causally efficacious, located in space and time). For example, Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa is currently located in Paris, Richard Serra’s Tilted Arc weighs 73 tonnes, Vermeer’s The Concert was stolen in 1990, and Michaelangelo’s David was attacked with a hammer in 1991. By contrast, consider the current location of Melville’s Moby Dick or the weight of Yeats’s ‘Sailing to Byzantium’ or how one might go about stealing Puccini’ ... More

Keywords: ontology, art, metaphysics, aesthetics, abstract objects, realism, nominalism

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199691494
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199691494.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christy Mag Uidhir, editor
University of Houston

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