But Is It Art? by Cynthia Freeland
An Introduction to Art Theory

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In today's art world many strange, even shocking, things qualify as art. In this book, Cynthia Freeland explains why innovation and controversy are valued in the arts, weaving together philosophy and art theory with many fascinating examples.

She discusses blood, beauty, culture, money, museums, sex, and politics, clarifying contemporary and historical accounts of the nature, function, and interpretation of the arts. Freeland also propels us into the future by surveying cutting-edge web sites, along with the latest research on the brain's role in perceiving art.

This clear, provocative book engages with the big debates surrounding our responses to art and is an invaluable introduction to anyone interested in thinking about art.

About Cynthia Freeland

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Cynthia Freeland is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Houston, Texas. Her books include The Naked and the Undead: Evil and the Appeal of Horror, Feminist Interpretations of Aristotle, and Philosophy and Film.
Published February 22, 2001 by Oxford Paperbacks. 256 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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A survey of everything from aesthetic theory to digital imaging, and of everyone from Goya to Damien Hirst, is packed into seven fast-break chapters here.

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She contextualises it and then, through the chapter and the rest of the book, looks at different theories of art (ritual theory, theories of taste and beauty, imitation theory, theories that emphasise communication), the role of money, politics, new media and the thoughts of some important thinke...

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