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The Invention of Art: A Cultural History

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With The Invention of Art, Larry Shiner challenges our conventional understandings of art and asks us to reconsider its history entirely, arguing that the category of fine art is a modern invention—that the lines drawn between art and craft resulted from key social transformations in Europe during the long eighteenth century.

"Shiner spent over a decade honing what he calls
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 15th 2003 by University Of Chicago Press (first published September 1st 2001)
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Nov 22, 2008 John rated it liked it
A breath of fresh air in an otherwise stifling artistic environment. What!? Do you mean there are really people out there who don't buy into the story presented by the modernists?
Leon Limpens
Mar 20, 2017 Leon Limpens rated it it was amazing
An indispensable book for understanding the transformation of art into (eurocentric) Art and the runaway-evolution of the art markets.
Francesco Fabi
Jan 26, 2016 Francesco Fabi rated it it was amazing
A necessary book. Simply put this is probably one of the most important things you will read about art history. The implications of such an analysis, which I think the author could have explored further and more audaciously (it is as if he remained within the boundaries of the modern concept of "Art") are tremendously vast.
Personally I have always shared Gombrich's anti-idealist citation introducing The Story of Art ("there is no such thing as art"...), and this book starts from similar premise
Dec 07, 2012 Felipe rated it liked it
it is a good resource to check how the concept of art has changed through history. the ending is good. the only problem is that the author has a prejudice that is notable throught the book: that there was a fracture (that we were mistaken!) and that we have been trying to restablish some ideas. perhaps the most clear example is that he speaks about the separation of art from life (like that's possible, man!). his interpretation of some theories is at convenience. notwithstanding it is a must rea ...more
David Livingstone
A great book. Also a very needed critique of the mythos of "art" in Western civilization. There have been many attempts to offer various versions of art history, such as feminist, Marxist and so on, but Shiner's book looks at the evolution of the term itself, which sheds light on this very Eurocentric idea and its pretensions.
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Terribilmente interessante: si legge tutto di un fiato.
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Oct 29, 2014 Mduritz rated it it was amazing
Un repaso de historia acertadísimo para entender el concepto de "arte" contemporáneo y su origen. Además, con las gafas violetas puestas, lo que siempre es de agradecer. Excelente.
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