To know more about art, the wager goes, is to learn more about the world as we find it. The more blurred the distinctions between art works and everyday objects become, the more we are required to consider what constitutes those differences. Thus, Danto insists on taking the artist seriously, even when he is at his most playful. Danto argues that the boxes burned through their most obvious ironies, coming to offer us something more profoundly substantive in terms of their implication for what constitutes art. Such a theory would be both pluralistic and self-conscious, with each work of art necessarily commenting on and enacting the possibilities for meaning that they express. His mission was to externalize the interiority of our world.
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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 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.
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Sort order. Start your review of Andy Warhol. Jul 27, Peter Pete Mcloughlin rated it really liked it Shelves: good-things , , to , to , american-history , biography , general-history , intellectual-history , late-capitalism , media. Study of Warhol's art and its meaning. I heard words like philosophy and ideas come up a lot. It seems Warhol's art was a social commentary on the postwar world where factory products could be churned out like Campbell's soup or Brillo boxes.
Also, the cult of celebrity was something that was central to Warhol's work. Where packaged product and packaged celebrity was central to US culture of that time and most definitely ours. Warhol was an early adopter in commenting through his art on this pre Study of Warhol's art and its meaning. Warhol was an early adopter in commenting through his art on this prefab culture and capitalist economy behind it.
I think now we are drowning in the wave he saw in its leading edge. Witness who is in the white house right now and reality TV that created him. It was novel in the sixties but as Andy when asked if art was going to get repetitive and churn out more and more of taffy pop that he had his pulse on he answered: "most surely".
It was fun in the s it's not so fun anymore. Here is where Warhol's vision has gone. Mar 31, Myke Cole rated it really liked it. A great introduction to Warhol and his significance in the art world, especially for the uninitiated. By focusing on Warhol's art, and more importantly its reverberations through the global concept of art, rather than on the artist's life, Danto provides a quick summary that gives philistines like myself a quick grasp on why we should give a damn.
It's a short, engaging read and will leave you wanting to learn more about the man, his times, and most of all, contemporary art from Warhol's reverberations in the 60s all the way up to their obvious outcomes today. Aug 12, Zachary rated it liked it. Arthur C. Considering the breadth of Warhol's work, such narrowness is welcome, but it yields a number of troubling generalizations and omissions.
For instance, Danto draws too neat a line between Warhol's pre- and post work although I give him credit for resisting the myth that the shift in Warhol's artistic approach was caused en Arthur C. For instance, Danto draws too neat a line between Warhol's pre- and post work although I give him credit for resisting the myth that the shift in Warhol's artistic approach was caused entirely by his brush with death in establishing an "important" Andy Warhol and a merely "iconic" Andy Warhol.
In pursuit of this narrative Danto also omits any mention of the brilliant work Warhol did with Jean-Michel Basquiat in the s or his Rorschach paintings and Polaroids of the s, choosing to focus only on what Warhol termed "business art" -- art, such as commissioned portraits and dollar sign paintings, that celebrated and enacted business practice. The brevity of Danto's book makes it unsuitable as a biography or as a survey of Warhol's career, and it will likely be of little general interest to anyone already familiar with Warhol's life and work, but it redeems itself in two ways: 1.
As an explanation to the uninitiated of Warhol's artistic innovation: The evident simplicity of Warhol's art, which often takes the form of mechanical reproduction of familiar objects and images, can, to a first-time viewer of his work, hide the philosophical complexity on which it is based. To a new viewer of one of Warhol's Brillo boxes, which Danto believes to be among the most important sculptures of the 20th century, there may be no obvious reason to value the reproduction more highly than the original, resulting in a failure to register Warhol's genius.
Danto succeeds in succinctly explaining what makes such objects high art. As an explanation of the value of Warhol's artistic innovation: Critics often refer to Andy Warhol as the greatest artist of the second half of the 20th century, but Danto is the only author I am aware of who has defined this statement directly and methodically. It is his belief that Warhol's art of the period fundamentally revolutionized our understanding of what we are willing to accept as art, thus necessitating a new answer to the millennia-old question, What is art?
The space between the objects that Warhol duplicated and the art he produced in careful reproduction must be filled with an entire philosophy of art that simply could not have existed before Andy Warhol. It is Danto's revelation of this novel philosophy that gives his book genuine merit.
ANDY WARHOL is a sloppy book, marred by typographical errors, omissions, generalizations, and at least one embarrassingly irrelevant tangent, having to do with Wittgenstein's "language game," the questionable inclusion of which Danto explains by mentioning that its resonance with certain of Warhol's artistic practices at the Silver Factory "came to me in a dream while writing this book, and for better or worse I could not resist including the comparison here.
Aug 26, Tosh rated it really liked it. Ah another book on Warhol. Is there reason for another one? Well, first of all Danto is a good writer, and he points out what makes Warhol an interesting artist - a great one in fact. One, is that Warhol is very much part of the mainstream American taste for consumer items, like yes, the soup - but he also quite subversive in his own manner as well.
This is a very quick read, and I think for the Warhol curious, it will them check out other books -and hopefully the artwork and the films. So, the b Ah another book on Warhol. So, the book is not essential by any means, but a good introduction to Warhol and his world.
View all 3 comments. Oct 26, Nat rated it really liked it Shelves: to-be-an-artist. Marvellous book that investigates and analyses the place that Andy Warhol's work occupies in the World of Art, and looks further deeper into its philosophical meaning, of course, as Art. It raises and answers several questions that have been around since the contemporary art of the early XXth century appeared: what is truly art?
How can we define a piece of art? What makes something become art? What's the difference between an ordinary object and art? Does Art need to be beautiful? Does Art ne Marvellous book that investigates and analyses the place that Andy Warhol's work occupies in the World of Art, and looks further deeper into its philosophical meaning, of course, as Art.
Does Art need to be understood? Most importantly in this case: What did Warhol do to change all the previous answers we knew to these questions? This isn't, in any way, a biography of Warhol. It does talk about several of the moments and defining phases of the artist's life and work, and what led him to get there, but to concentrate purely on his work and the place of it in the world of art. Notice the use of 'at least. He also expresses that a lot of the content of this book is largely subjective.
He does not claim to hold the universal and absolute truth about Art, or Warhol, or that we should all agree with his point of view. Danto simply proposes in very critical and intelligent way, a new perspective on Pop Art and of his defining if not The Defining artist of the movement. Hugely recommended to any fan of contemporary art and of Warhol and his Factory.
Nov 07, fleegan rated it liked it Shelves: non-fiction. I enjoyed this book. And it was nice just to sit and read a well-written book on art. It was a little too-something though. Danto's survey of Warhol's work was written for the uninitiated and those who are maybe familiar with Warhol's work, but might lack knowledge of the historical context into which his work was born. Danto's assessment raises the obvious in Warhol's work, essentially that it raised questions of what art is and what it is not.
I wouldn't recommend this to anybody.
Chapter 1: The Window at Bonwit's. It refers, rather, to a set of changes in Warhol's identity — the breakthrough, in effect, through which he became an icon. One of the works that helps visualize the breakthrough is a painting done in , which consists in a greatly enlarged version of a simple black-and-white advertisement of the kind that appears in side columns and back pages of cheap newspapers. It advertised the services of a plastic surgeon, and showed two profiles of the same woman, before and after an operation on her nose.
Learn more about the actions Yale University Press is taking. 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 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. It's as if Danto has been waiting all these years to produce this magnificent synthesis.