Ideas About Art is an intelligent, accessible introductory text for students interested in learning how to think about aesthetics. It uses stories drawn from the experiences of individuals involved in the arts as a means of exposing readers to the philosophies, theories, and arguments that shape and drive visual art.
An accessible, story-driven introduction to aesthetic theory and philosophyPrompts readers to develop independent ideas about aesthetics; this is a guide on how to think, not what to thinkIncludes discussions of non-western, contemporary, and discipline-specific theoriesExamines a range of art-based dilemmas across a wide variety of disciplines - from art and design and law to visual and museum studies
Kathleen Desmond is Professor of Art History and Byler Distinguished Faculty at the University of Central Missouri where she teaches aesthetics, art criticism and art history and writes about contemporary art and artists.
Acknowledgements. List of Illustrations. Preface. 1. Public Opinion/Public Art. 2. Non-Western Ideas. 3. Western Ideas. 4. Beauty. 5. Expression & Aesthetic Experience. 6. Art & Ethics. 7. Political Art, Censorship & Pornography. 8. Art & Economics. 9. Feminist Art, Aesthetics & Art Criticism. 10. Postmodern Art & Attitudes. 11. Photography & New Media. 12. (Re)Discovering Design. 13. Art & Aesthetic Education. 14. Artists, Art Critics, Art Historians, Curators, Museums & Viewers. References. Index.