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The Art to End All Arts
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Philosophy, Aesthetics. (avdelningen för estetik)
2013 (English)In: The Nordic Journal of Aesthetics, ISSN 2000-1452, Vol. 23, no 46, 63-77 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The death of art has been a notion used in connection with the development and progress of art. This view of the development of art, the movement from one position to another, can go on forever. From another view, we see art as part of a narration, which makes the death of art absolute and final, even though art is still produced (Hegel’s version). In our time, the American philosopher A. C. Danto uses Hegel’s developmental view on history to explain pictorial Western art from the Renaissance up until now. In Danto’s philosophy of art, the final end means that a certain theory of art ends; the development of the theory of art as a sensuous object cannot be developed further. I agree that something happens during the 60s that is extremely important. But what happens is that old systems evaporate and pluralism enters the art scene. To understand this new scene we must give up old grand systems, and see the theory-boundedness of the practices of art we meet today. Yes, this death concerns grand theories, and, by no means, art as theory.

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Stockholm: Thales, 2013. Vol. 23, no 46, 63-77 p.
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Danto, The end of art, theory, pluralism
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-223466OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-223466DiVA: diva2:713118
Available from: 2014-04-21 Created: 2014-04-21 Last updated: 2016-07-19Bibliographically approved

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