Theory of the Art Object: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Theory of the Art Object

1st Edition

By Paul Crowther


208 pages | 16 Color Illus. | 35 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780367209476
pub: 2019-08-13
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Meaning in the visual arts centers on how the physical work makes its content or presence visible. The art object is fundamental. Indeed, the different object forms of each visual medium, allows our experience of space-time, and our relations to other people, to be aesthetically embodied in unique ways. Through these embodiments, visual art compensates for what is otherwise existentially lost, and becomes part of what makes life worth living. The present book shows this by discussing a range of visual art forms, namely pictorial representation, abstraction, sculpture and assemblage works, land art, architecture, photography, and varieties of digital art.

Table of Contents

Introduction; Chapter 1 – Pictorial Art and Presentness; Chapter 2 – Abstract Art and Transperceptual Space; Chapter 3 - In and Through Space: Sculpture, Assemblage, and Installation Art; Chapter 4 - Land Art: Reciprocities of Site and Formation; Chapter 5 – Embodiment and Architectural Cognition; Chapter 6 – The Aesthetic Space of Photography; Chapter 7 – Digital Objects, Aesthetic Phenomena

About the Author

Paul Crowther is Professor of Philosophy at Alma Mater Europaea – Institutum Studiorum Humanitatis, Slovenia.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Art and Visual Studies

This series is our home for innovative research in the fields of art and visual studies. It includes monographs and targeted edited collections that provide new insights into visual culture and art practice, theory, and research.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / General
ART / Conceptual
ART / Criticism & Theory
ART / History / General
PHILOSOPHY / Aesthetics