Beyond the Brillo Box by Arthur Coleman Danto
The Visual Arts in Post-Historical Perspective

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In Danto's view, Andy Warhol's Brillo Box was not only a radical attack on traditional definitions of the art work; it brought the history of Western art to a close. In this collection of interconnected essays, he grapples with this and many more of the most challenging issues in art today, from the problems of contemporary pluralism to the dilemmas of censorship and state support for artists.
 

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Arthur C. Danto is Johnsonian Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Columbia University and art critic for The Nation. Among his books are Playing with the Edge: The Photographic Achievement of Robert Mapplethorpe and Encounters and Reflections: Art in the Historical Present, both published by University of California Press. He was the winner of the 1990 National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism.
 
Published January 1, 1992 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 320 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography, Law & Philosophy, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Sixteen philosophical essays (most previously published in academic journals) that, in the vein of Encounters and Reflections (1990), wrestle with questions of art by the critic who contends that Andy Warhol brought Western art history to an end.

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In Danto's view, artists' feelings of belonging to a continuous tradition vanished around 1965, one year after Andy Warhol's Brillo Box. In the current ``post-historical'' epoch, he writes, postmodern

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In these often heavy, academic lectures and essays for journals and catalogues, the Columbia philosophy professor and Nation columnist interprets Pop Art as ``a sacramental return of the thing to itself'' and applies his definition of artworks as symbolic expressions to a discussion of African ``...

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