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Art Is Not What You Think It Is

Donald Preziosi, Claire Farago

ISBN: 978-1-444-35428-7 December 2011 Wiley-Blackwell 124 Pages


Art Is Not What You Think It Is utilizes original research to present a series of critical incursions into the current state of debate on the idea of art, making manifest what has been largely missing or unsaid in those discussions.

  • Links museology, history, theory, and criticism to the realities of contemporary social conditions and shows how they have structurally functioned in a variety of contexts
  • Deals with divisive and controversial problems such as blasphemy and idolatry, and the problem of artistic truth
  • Addresses relations between European notions about art and artifice and those developed in other and especially indigenous cultural traditions
List of Figures vi

Preface: Art Is Not What You Think It Is viii

Acknowledgments xv

Introduction: Art and/as Manifesto 1

First Incursion: Artistry and Authorship 19

Second Incursion: The Dangers of Art and the Trap of the Visual 33

Third Incursion: To See the Frame that Blinds Us 52

Fourth Incursion: Deconstructing the Agencies of Art 74

Fifth Incursion: Intersections of the Local and the Global 94

Sixth Incursion: Into the Breach of Art and Religion 121

Seventh Incursion: The Art of Commodifying Artistry 142

Index 165

“Summing Up: Recommended.  Graduate students and researchers/faculty.”  (Choice, 1 August 2012)