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Art and Authority – Moral Rights and Meaning in Contemporary Visual Art - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Art and Authority: Moral Rights and Meaning in Contemporary Visual Art

K. E. Gover


Art and Authority is a philosophical essay on artistic authority and freedom: its sources, nature, and limits. It draws upon real-world cases and controversies in contemporary visual art and connects them to significant theories in the philosophical literature on art and aesthetics. Artworks, it is widely agreed, are the products of intentional human activity. And yet they are different from other kinds of artifacts; for one thing, they are meaningful. It is often presumed that artworks are an extension of their makers’ personality in ways that other kinds of artifacts are not. This is clear f ... More

Keywords: philosophy of art, moral rights, authorship, contemporary visual art, artistic freedom, aesthetics, artist

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198768692
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198768692.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

K. E. Gover, author
Philosophy professor, Bennington College, Vermont

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