Art in the social order : the making of the modern conception of art (Book, 1997) [WorldCat.org]
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Art in the social order : the making of the modern conception of art

Author: Preben Mortensen
Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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For the first time, a historical examination of the origin of our ideas of art are related to questions in contemporary art theory. Mortensen shows that our conception of art emerged in the eighteenth century as part of new ideas of edification and of the presentation of the self. He examines the complex social and cultural context in which our ideas of art emerge in the eighteenth century. In a context of social,  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Preben Mortensen
ISBN: 0791432777 9780791432778 0791432785 9780791432785 058506217X 9780585062174
OCLC Number: 34544160
Description: ix, 213 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: The Modern Conception of Art --
1. The Quest for the Essence of Art --
2. Wittgensteinian Philosophies of Art --
3. Art as History and Theory --
4. The Histories of Philosophy --
5. Conceptions of History --
6. Art and Science --
7. New Discoursive Practices --
8. Art, Manners, and the Presentation of the Self --
9. Standards of Taste --
10. Shaftesbury and the Morality of Art Appreciation --
11. The Reformation of Manners --
12. Politeness --
13. Hutcheson and the Problem of Conspicuous Consumption --
14. From the Morality to the Autonomy of Art --
15. Art, Autonomy, and Ideology.
Responsibility: Preben Mortensen.

Abstract:

For the first time, a historical examination of the origin of our ideas of art are related to questions in contemporary art theory. Mortensen shows that our conception of art emerged in the eighteenth century as part of new ideas of edification and of the presentation of the self. He examines the complex social and cultural context in which our ideas of art emerge in the eighteenth century. In a context of social, political, and cultural changes, knowledge about art and the display of taste come to indicate social distinctions and replace older notions of birth and rank. Mortensen connects these historical developments to contemporary discussions about the relationship between high art and popular art.

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