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Intelligence of Art
With this book, Thomas Crow contributes a refreshing analysis of the present state of art history, the practice of interpreting art and making it "intelligible." He aims to relocate the discussion of theory and method in art history away from models borrowed from other disciplines by presenting what he considers three of the most successful and challenging works in the lit ...more
Paperback, 148 pages
Published August 28th 2000 by University of North Carolina Press
(first published March 15th 1999)
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Invoking concrete studies by Schapiro, Levi-Strauss and Baxandall as models (against jargon-filled art history imported from France...) Thomas Crow argues for an approach to art history that illuminates the way artists create in response to particular historical opportunities and pressures, "the intelligence of art in the making" (rather than interpreting meanings after the fact). The key, according to Crow, is finding works of art in which a disruption takes place that reveals the "irresolvable ...more