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Andy Warhol (Icons of America)

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In a work of great wisdom and insight, art critic and philosopher Arthur Dantoand#160;delivers a compact, masterfuland#160;tour of Andy Warholand#8217;s personal, artistic, and philosophical transformations. Danto traces the evolution of the pop artist, including his early reception, relationships with artists such as Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg, and the Factory phenomenon. He offers close readings of individual Warhol works, including their social context and philosophical dimensions, key differences with predecessors such as Marcel Duchamp, and parallels with successors like Jeff Koons. Danto brings to bear encyclopedic knowledge of Warholand#8217;s time andand#160;shows us Warhol as an endlessly multidimensional figureand#8212;artist, political activist, filmmaker, writer, philosopherand#8212;who retains permanentand#160;residence in our national imagination.

Danto suggests that "what makes him an American icon is that his subject matter is always something that the ordinary American understands: everything, or nearly everything he made art out of came straight out of the daily lives of very ordinary Americans. . . . The tastes and values of ordinary persons all at once were inseparable from advanced art."

Review:

"This penetrating new entry in Yale's Icons of America series synthesizes biography, cultural criticism and aesthetics. Former Nation art critic and Columbia philosophy professor emeritus Danto (After the End of Art) argues that Andy Warhol radically redefined the question of art. His Brillo Boxes and Campbell's Soup Cans challenged the viewer to ask, 'What is the difference between two things, exactly alike, one of which is art and one of which is not?' Danto, whose visit to a Warhol show in 1964 inspired him to become a philosopher of art, views many of Warhol's most important works as answers to such philosophical puzzles. Danto's writing is elegant and his insights acute: the Marilyn Diptych's 'transformative repetition' is linked to Coltrane's compositions; Warhol's final Last Supper series represented, Danto argues convincingly in a profound final chapter, the culmination of the artist's 'mission to externalize the interiority of our shared world.' This valuable work of critical cultural analysis reveals aspects of Warhol so far uncovered and unexplored that will appeal widely to the interested generalist as well as to scholars of contemporary art, American culture and aesthetics. Photos." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780300135558
Author:
Danto, Arthur C
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Author:
Danto, Arthur C.
Subject:
Artists, Architects, Photographers
Subject:
Individual Artists - General
Subject:
History - Contemporary (1945- )
Subject:
Art and society - United States - History
Subject:
Warhol, Andy - Criticism and interpretation
Subject:
Criticism -- Theory.
Subject:
Individual Artist
Subject:
Biography-Artists Architects and Photographers
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Icons of America
Publication Date:
20091031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
6 b/w illus.
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 0.5 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This penetrating new entry in Yale's Icons of America series synthesizes biography, cultural criticism and aesthetics. Former Nation art critic and Columbia philosophy professor emeritus Danto (After the End of Art) argues that Andy Warhol radically redefined the question of art. His Brillo Boxes and Campbell's Soup Cans challenged the viewer to ask, 'What is the difference between two things, exactly alike, one of which is art and one of which is not?' Danto, whose visit to a Warhol show in 1964 inspired him to become a philosopher of art, views many of Warhol's most important works as answers to such philosophical puzzles. Danto's writing is elegant and his insights acute: the Marilyn Diptych's 'transformative repetition' is linked to Coltrane's compositions; Warhol's final Last Supper series represented, Danto argues convincingly in a profound final chapter, the culmination of the artist's 'mission to externalize the interiority of our shared world.' This valuable work of critical cultural analysis reveals aspects of Warhol so far uncovered and unexplored that will appeal widely to the interested generalist as well as to scholars of contemporary art, American culture and aesthetics. Photos." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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