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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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May 01, 2010 Jordan rated it liked it
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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
Jul 26, 2009 Lhab84 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jenny Thompson
Believe it or not, this textboook has been assigned to me two separate times - once during undergrad and once now during grad school. I wasn't terribly fond of it either time. The books basically splits art into four not particularly distinct categories: realism, expressionism, formalism, and post-modernism.

Each category is a chapter with a description of the theory, the theorists it is associated with, a few artists whose art could possibly fit into that category, and a final summary. To me the
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Jul 26, 2014 Dave Hood rated it it was amazing
Good intro into theory and interpretation of contemporary art. Will help you appreciate the plethora of mediums in contemporary art.
Nov 22, 2009 Juli rated it it was ok
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.
Apr 19, 2011 Ike rated it liked it
Pretty good for a text book.

I found the topic of aesthetics interesting, so that probably made the textbook more enjoyable.
Feb 13, 2008 Tiffany rated it really liked it
a friend's advisor for her art ed PhD... very good text for foundation courses and curriculum design
Jul 17, 2013 Brian rated it really liked it
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Very useful primer to get a sense of major themes and developments.
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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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