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Beyond the Brillo Box: The Visual Arts in Post-Historical Perspective

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In this collection of interconnected essays, Arthur C. Danto argues that Andy Warhol's Brillo Box of 1964 brought the established trajectory of Westen art to an end and gave rise to a pluralism which has changed the way art is made, perceived, and exhibited. Wonderfully illuminating and highly provocative, his essays explore how conceptions of art–and resulting historical ...more
Paperback, 275 pages
Published November 3rd 1998 by University of California Press (first published 1992)
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Roberta
Mar 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: art nerds
Must reading for art nerds.
Acolvin
Dec 18, 2016 rated it liked it
This book was recommended to me by a designer friend years ago. I picked it up a few times over the years, but never powered through it until now.

This was a bit difficult to get through, with art and philosophical references that were not familiar to me. But the essay topics were interesting and well reasoned, and the logic holds up even when the references are not current. This is not a book for casual observers of art since it tilts heavily towards the esoteric - both art and philosophy, but
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Danny
Great clear writing about the influence of Pop Art in the 'artworld' - a term Danto coined. Influenced by Hegel, Danto playfully announces the end of art and shows how art evolved into philosophy.
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Muy iluminador para quienes comienzan a indagar en el mundo del arte contemporáneo y su concepto.
Richard
Apr 11, 2009 rated it liked it
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Sometimes difficult and erudite, and always thoughtful and creative, Danto cites sources from Proust to Feuerbach, from Boltanski to Gombrich to Warhol. Filled with citations, ideas & arguments, Arthur Danto exposes himself first as a philosopher and then as a talented art critic/pundit/thoughtful observer.
Insightful work on the culture and thought forms behind contemporary art.
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bananya
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so so so many references. proof of argument nothing is really original. i like it. i will refer back to it.
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Arthur C. Danto was Johnsonian Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Columbia University and art critic for The Nation. He was the author of numerous books, including Unnatural Wonders: Essays from the Gap Between Art and Life, After the End of Art, and Beyond the Brillo Box: The Visual Arts in Post-Historical Perspective.

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