Contemporary visual art stands on the ruins of beauty. What is the place of aesthetic in the experience of such art? And how has it changed in the two hundred years since the emergence of the modern conception of art as the object of a distinctive kind of pleasure? The essays in this volume, by philosophers and art theorists from Britain, France, Germany and the USA (Christopher Menke and Jay Bernstein), investigate the changing role of the aesthetic in art. From an Aesthetic Point of View
is one of a new series of books, Prisms, which aims to bring to bring the best of contemporary philosophical thought about culture to the attention of a wider literary public.Peter Osborne
is Professor of Modern European Philosophy at Middlesex University, London and an editor of the Journal Radical Philosophy.
His books include The Politics of Time: Modernity and Avant-Garde
(1995), A Critical Sense: Interviews with Intellectuals
(1996), and What Is Conceptual Art?
From the Publisher
A timely analysis of the links between art and philosophy.
How can we understand 'art'? Does the term 'aesthetics' still have meaning? How much is the intellect involved in our appreciation of the purely visual? Seeking to answer such pertinent questions, From an Aesthetic Point of View is a crucial new text which will prove indispensable to anyone with an interest in art and philosophy and anyone who has visited an exhibition and asks 'how can I understand this?'
Over the two hundred years since the emergence of the modern conception of art as the object of a distinctive kind of pleasure in form, the role of the aesthetic in art has constantly evolved. Showcasing the work of leading contemporary philosophers and art theorists, this insightful and engaging text ranges from the purely philosophical analysis to an examination of the paintings of Francis Bacon; the photographs of Cindy Sherman; and the ambiguous ubiquity of the Monochrome.