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In the face of a great work of art, we so often stand mute, struck dumb. Is this a function - perhaps the first and foremost - of aesthetic experience? Or do we lack the words to say what we feel? Countering contemporary assumptions that art is valued only according to taste or ideology, Peter de Bolla gives a voice - and vocabulary - to the wonder art can inspire. Working ...more
Paperback, 157 pages
Published March 30th 2003 by Harvard University Press
(first published December 27th 2001)
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De Bolla's use of rich language can be enjoyable and meaningful at times, but it is not enough to distract one from the verbose, meandering nature of the book. Interesting observations are made, but they are not made clearly or succinctly. Often they are surrounded by lengthy asides and observations about art or experience that seem unnecessary. Although, perhaps it is only my unfamiliarity with art criticism or my familiarity with analytical philosophy that leads me to dislike De Bolla's ...more