Why Is That Art?: Aesthetics and Criticism of Contemporary Art
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Why Is That Art?: Aesthetics and Criticism of Contemporary Art

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Why Is That Art? addresses common questions that viewers raise about contemporary art: Why is that art? Why is it in an art museum? Who says it's art? If I did this, would it be art? Why is it good? Covering a broad, diverse, and engaging sampling of works--abstract and representational painting, monumental sculpture, performance art, video installations, films, and photog...more
Paperback, 231 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published February 16th 2007)
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I used this book for my Aesthetics and Criticism course, while I liked it for being a good introduction to critical theory, I am hoping to find something that reads better in 16 weeks for the students. There were a lot of supplemental essays I added to the course in the areas that the text was lacking which overwhelmed the expectations of two credits. I would recommend it to other instructors. In the future , I want to specifically focus on Postmodernism and I will use the text's information to...more
I found this book very useful when beginning my art ed. studies. I would recommend it to anyone interested in post-modern art, or who is at least open to learning more about it, and trying to attain some type of comfort level towards it.
Dave Hood
Good intro into theory and interpretation of contemporary art. Will help you appreciate the plethora of mediums in contemporary art.
This was a bit tedious and tough to get through. Classic textbook style writing and content allow for glossed-over eyes and mind-wandering reading.
Pretty good for a text book.

I found the topic of aesthetics interesting, so that probably made the textbook more enjoyable.
a friend's advisor for her art ed PhD... very good text for foundation courses and curriculum design
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Terry Berret is a Professor of Art Education, with a joint appointment in the Department of Art, at the Ohio State University, where he is the recipient of a distinguished teaching award for courses in criticism and aesthetics within education. The author of numerous works on art criticism, he is an art critic in education for the Ohio Arts Council, consults museum education departments, juries ex...more
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