Art Rethought: The Social Practices of Art by Nicholas WolterstorffArt Rethought: The Social Practices of Art by Nicholas Wolterstorff

Art Rethought: The Social Practices of Art

byNicholas Wolterstorff

Paperback | November 25, 2017

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Human beings engage works of the arts in many different ways: they sing songs while working, they kiss icons, they create and dedicate memorials. Yet almost all philosophers of art of the modern period have ignored this variety and focused entirely on just one mode of engagement, namely,disinterested attention. In the first part of the book Nicholas Wolterstorff asks why philosophers have concentrated on just this one mode of engagement. The answer he proposes is that almost all philosophers have accepted what the author calls the grand narrative concerning art in the modern world.It is generally agreed that in the early modern period, members of the middle class in Western Europe increasingly engaged works of the arts as objects of disinterested attention. The grand narrative claims that this change represented the arts coming into their own, and that works of art, soengaged, are socially other and transcendent. Wolterstorff argues that the grand narrative has to be rejected as not fitting the facts. Wolterstorff then offers an alternative framework for thinking about the arts. Central to the alternative framework that he proposes are the idea of the arts as social practices and the idea of works of the arts as having different meaning in different practices. He goes on to use this framework toanalyse in some detail five distinct social practices of art and the meaning that works have within those practices: the practice of memorial art, of art for veneration, of social protest art, of works songs, and of recent art-reflexive art.
Nicholas Wolterstorff is Noah Porter Professor Emeritus of Philosophical Theology at Yale University, and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia. He is the author of many books, including Understanding Liberal Democracy (OUP, 2012) and Works and Worlds of Art (Clarendon Pre...
Title:Art Rethought: The Social Practices of ArtFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0 inPublished:November 25, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart One: The Grand Narrative of Art in the Modern World1. The Early Modern Revolution in the Arts2. Why the Revolution?3. The Grand Narrative and the Grand Narrative Theses4. Wherein Lies the Worth of Disinterested Attention?5. Art, Religion, and the Grand NarrativePart Two: Why The Grand Narrative Has To Go6. The Inapplicability of the Grand Narrative to Recent Art7. Why the Grand Narrative Never Was TenablePart Three: A New Framework For Thinking About The Arts8. The Arts as Social Practices9. Meaning of Works of the Arts and ArtworksPart Four: Memorial Art10. The Social Practices of Memorial Art11. The Memorial Meaning of the Mural Art of BelfastPart Five: Art For Veneration12. The Social Practices of Art for VenerationPart Six: Social Protest Art13. The Social Practices of Social Protest Art14. The Social Protest Meaning of Uncle Tom's Cabin15. The Social Protest Meaning of the Graphic Art of Kathe KollwitzPart Seven: Art That Enhances16. Work Songs: Social Practice and MeaningPart Eight: The Art-Reflexive Art of Today's Art World17. The Social Practices of Art-Reflexive Art18. Art-Reflexive Meaning in the Work of Sherrie LevineEpilogue: Good Works and Just Practices19. What Happened to Beauty?20. The Pursuit of Justice and the Social Practices of Art