Art Matters (Paperback)Peter De Bolla (author)
Paperback Published: 14/03/2003
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In the face of a great work of art, we so often stand mute, struck dumb. Is this a function - perhaps the first and foremost - of aesthetic experience? Or do we lack the words to say what we feel? Countering contemporary assumptions that art is valued only according to taste or ideology, Peter de Bolla gives a voice - and vocabulary - to the wonder art can inspire. Working toward a better understanding of what it is to be profoundly moved by a work of art, he forces us to reconsider the importance of art works and the singular nature and value of our experience of them. In many ways a "practical aesthetics," "Art Matters" proceeds by way of example. Through chapters attending to three works of art - Barnett Newman's painting Vir Heroicus Sublimis, pianist Glenn Gould's second recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations, and William Wordsworth's poem "We Are Seven" - de Bolla plots a personal history of aesthetic experience that opens up the general forms of art appreciation. His book invites us to a closer encounter with art, and to a deeper appreciation and clearer expression of what such an encounter might hold.
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Weight: 208 g
Dimensions: 206 x 136 x 19 mm
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