By Arthur C. Danto
After the top of paintings offers Danto's first full-scale reformulation of his unique perception, displaying how, with the eclipse of summary expressionism, paintings has deviated irrevocably from the narrative path that Vasari helped outline for it within the Renaissance.
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Illustrational" and "decorative" were amongst the critical epithets of the Age of Manifestos. In my view, the question of what art really and essentially is-as against what it apparently, or in essentially is-was the wrong form for the philosophical question to take, and the views I advanced in various essays concerning the end of art endeavor to suggest what the real form of the question should be. As I saw it, the form of the question is: what makes the difference between a work of art and something not a work of art when there is no interesting perceptual difference between them?
What of "Art after Philosophy"-to use the title of Kosuth's essay-which, to make the point, may indeed itself be a work of art? " With that question the history of modernism was over. It was over because modernism was too local and too materialist, concerned as it was with shape, surface, pigment, and the like as defining painting in its purity. " And sculpture asked itself the same kind of question. But what this gives us is no general picture of what art is, only what some of the arts, perhaps historically the most important arts, essentially were.
So that it is almost as if the structure of the art world exactly consisted not in "creating art again," but in creating art explicitly for the purpose of knowing philosophically what art is? The period from Hegel down, so far as the philosophy of art as practiced by philosophers was concerned, was singularly barren, making of course an exception for Nietzsche, and perhaps for Heidegger, who 32 • CHAPTER TWO argued in the epilogue to his 1950 'The Origins of the Artwork" that it was far too early to say whether Hegel's thought was true or false: The judgment thar Hegel passes in these statements cannot be evaded by pointing out thar since Hegel's lectures in aesthetics were given for the last rime in the winter of r828-r829 ....
After the End of Art by Arthur C. Danto