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 philosophy * Prompts readers to develop independent ideas about aesthetics; this is a guide on how to think, not what to think * Includes discussions of non-western, contemporary, and discipline-specific theories * Examines 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.
List of Illustrations. Preface. Acknowledgements. 1 Public Opinion/Public Art. I Don t Know Anything About Art, But I Know What I Like! 2 Non-Western Ideas About What Art Is. Is Art Situational? Cultural? Biological? Universal? 3 Western Ideas About What Art Is. 4 Beauty. Does Art Have to be Beautiful? 5 Expression and Aesthetic Experience. 6 Art and Ethics. Morals and Religion. 7 Political Art, Censorship, and Pornography. When Art Is Too Powerful, Cover It Up. 8 Art and Economics. 9 Feminist Art, Aesthetics, and Art Criticism. Where Were the Women in My Art History Books? 10 Postmodernist Art and Attitudes. 11 Photography and New Media. 12 (Re)Discovering Design. 13 Art and Aesthetic Education. 14 Artists, Art Critics, Art Historians, Curators, Museums, and Viewers. Making Art Ideas Your Own. Bibliography. Illustration Credits. Index.