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Contemporary Artists and their Critics : Art versus Nonart: Art out of Mind - Tsion Avital

Contemporary Artists and their Critics

Art versus Nonart: Art out of Mind

By: Tsion Avital, John G. Harries (Translator)


Published: 14th April 2011
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In Art versus Nonart, Tsion Avital poses the question: 'Is modern art art at all?' He argues that much, if not all, of the nonrepresentational art produced in the twentieth century was not art, but rather the debris of the visual tradition it replaced. Modern art has thrived on the total confusion between art and pseudo-art and the inability of many to distinguish between them. As Avital demonstrates, modern art has served as a critical intermediate stage between art of the past and the future. This book, first published in 2003, proposes a distinct way to define art, anchoring the nature of art in the nature of the mind, solving a major problem of art and aesthetics for which no solution has yet been provided. The definition of art proposed in this book paves the way for a fresh and promising paradigm for future art.

Introduction: the twentieth century: the era of nonart
Art in a paradigmatic crisis
Modern art and the logic of pretense
Is there abstraction in abstract art?
Aesthetics in the service of the new barbarism
Mind and Art:
Mindprints: the structural shadows of mind-reality?
The breakdown of hierarchy in twentieth-century art and its implications for present and future art
Is figurative representation arbitrary? A reexamination of the Conventionalist view of art and its implications for nonfigurative art
Symmetry: the connectivity principle of art
Epilog: ashes to ashes and beyond
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ISBN: 9780521154802
ISBN-10: 0521154804
Series: Contemporary Artists and their Critics
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 462
Published: 14th April 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.4 x 17.0  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.73