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Естетика и институции в света на изкуството
Aesthetics and Institutions in the World of Art

Author(s): Ivan Popov
Subject(s): Philosophy
Published by: Институт по философия и социология при БАН
Keywords: Arthur Danto; Clement Greenberg; philosophical aesthetics; institutional theory of art; American analytic aesthetics.

Summary/Abstract: The author explores the use of the concepts of aesthetics and the aesthetical in the philosophy of Arthur Danto, who formulated the idea of the existence of an „artworld“ and influenced the formation and development of the so-called institutional theory of art. From the standpoint of the thesis about a connectedness between art and social institutions, art cannot be defined through the arguments of the classical philosophical aesthetics that emerged in the 18th century and ended, according to Danto, with the work of Clement Greenberg. Greenberg’s work is described as representing a tradition in art theory that proved incapable of accounting for the avant-garde as a cultural and conceptual phenomenon. The article discusses to what extent it would be correct to consider Greenberg in the context of this continuity of philosophical ideas, and analyzes the specificity of his understanding of the reception of works of art. The article also discusses the definition of the institutional, as opposed to the aesthetic, approach to art.

  • Issue Year: XXIV/2015
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 51-62
  • Page Count: 12