But Is It Art?: An Introduction To Art Theory by Cynthia FreelandBut Is It Art?: An Introduction To Art Theory by Cynthia Freeland

But Is It Art?: An Introduction To Art Theory

byCynthia Freeland

Paperback | February 15, 2002

Pricing and Purchase Info

$18.78 online 
$18.95 list price
Earn 94 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store


In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores


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 thebrain'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.
Cynthia A. Freeland is professor of philosophy at the University of Houston. She has published on topics in the philosophy of art and film, ancient Greek philosophy, and feminist theory. She is also author of The Naked and the Undead: Evil and the Appeal of Horror (1999) and co-editor of Philosophy and Film (1995).
Title:But Is It Art?: An Introduction To Art TheoryFormat:PaperbackPublished:February 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0192853678

ISBN - 13:9780192853677

Look for similar items by category:


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Trying a bit too hard when you don't have to Cynthia Freelund has done an admirable job of banging together a solid overview of the current state of art. She is in touch with what is happening and clearly excited and interested in art and the philosophy which underlies what happens in and around it. I just wish she hadn't tried quite so hard to be "cool" and to "shock." People who don't understand modern art will be put off by her first chapter. People who do, don't need it. This is a good book, don't get me wrong, but it seems to try too hard.
Date published: 2004-11-28

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations1. Blood and Beauty2. Paradigms and Purposes3. Cultural Crossings4. Money, Markets, Museums5. Gender, Genius, and Guerrilla Girls6. Cognition, Creation, Comprehension7. Digitizing and DisseminatingConclusionReferencesFurther ReadingIndex

Editorial Reviews