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The Madonna of the Future: Essays in a Pluralistic Art World
The Madonna of the Future finds Danto at the point where all the vectors of the art world intersect: those of traditional painting, Pop art, mixed media, and installation art; those of art and philosophy; those of the specialist who brings theory to bear on the work and the viewer who appreciates it primarily visually.
Paperback, 480 pages
Published September 4th 2001 by University of California Press
(first published July 2000)
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I was given Danto's Unnatural Wonders as a gift when my Senior Project went up in college - and reading it was a relatively transformative experience. It introduced me to a flavor of art criticism - one that mingles philosophy, artistic biography, and keen visual analysis in a way that I found deeply appealing. Of course, it also helped that several of the shows Danto discusses in the book were ones which I had actually seen - so I could measure his writing against my own experience.
Arthur Coleman Danto was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan on January 1, 1924. He is an American art critic and professor of philosophy. He is best known as the influential, long-time art critic for The Nation and for his work in philosophical aesthetics and philosophy of history, though he has contributed significantly to a number of fields. His interests span thought, feeling, philosophy of art, theor ...moreMore about Arthur C. Danto...