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A Companion to Art Theory

Paul Smith (Editor), Carolyn Wilde (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-631-20762-7
552 pages
March 2007, Wiley-Blackwell
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The Companion provides an accessible critical survey of Western visual art theory from sources in Classical, Medieval and Renaissance thought through to contemporary writings.
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Notes on Contributors.

What is a Theory of Art? Learning from Alberti: Carolyn Wilde.

Part I: Tradition and the Academy.

Part II: Around Modernism.

Part III: Critical Theory and Postmodernism.
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Paul Smith is Chair of the History of Art department at the University of Warwick. His previous publications include Impressionism: Beneath the Surface (1995), Interpreting Cézanne (1996) and Seurat and the Avant-Garde (1997).

Carolyn Wilde is now retired and was formerly Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Bristol. Her publications include articles on philosophical aesthetics, the most recent of which is 'Style and Value in the Art of Painting' in Richard Wollheim on the Art of Painting, edited by Rob van Gerwen, 2001.

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  • Provides a critical overview of Western visual art theory from a wide range of perspectives.

  • Helps students to pursue questions about the nature and ambitions of theory in the context of art.

  • Can be used alongside the three 'Art in Theory' anthologies also published by Blackwell.
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