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Critical Terms for Art History
Author: Robert S. Nelson

ISBN: 9780226571683
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 536
Published: 17 March 2003
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.8 x 17.0 x 3.4
Description:
"Art" has always been contested terrain, whether the object in question is a medieval tapestry or Duchamp's "Fountain." But questions about the categories of "art" and "art history" acquired increased urgency during the 1970s, when new developments in critical theory and other intellectual projects dramatically transformed the discipline. The first edition of "Critical Terms for Art History" both mapped and contributed to those transformations, offering a spirited reassessment of the field's methods and terminology.
Art history as a field has kept pace with debates over globalization and other social and political issues in recent years, making a second edition of this book not just timely, but crucial. Like its predecessor, this new edition consists of essays that cover a wide variety of "loaded" terms in the history of art, from "sign" to "meaning," "ritual" to "commodity." Each essay explains and comments on a single term, discussing the issues the term raises and putting the term into practice as an interpretive framework for a specific work of art. ...

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