What is Art?

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This module will attempt to define Art for the purpose of its study. We will look at the following questions:

Introduction: Wikipedia:Classificatory disputes about art

Task 1[edit | edit source]

Destruction of the Vendôme Column during the Paris Commune. The column was taken down at the demand of painter Gustave Courbet. Was this performance art?
  • Role playing exercise
Imagine you are one of the people below
  1. An twentieth century art dealer
  2. An twenty first century accountant
  3. Savanorola
  4. A Paris Communard

Research and compose a definition for Art reflecting your role.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

  • Larry Shiner (2003), The Invention of Art, University Of Chicago Press, ISBN 9780226753430, OCLC 851823775
  • Roger Taylor (1978), Art an enemy of the people, Hassocks: Harvester Press, ISBN 0855279419, OCLC 4673523, 0855279419
  • Jean Gimpel (1969), The Cult of Art, Weidenfield & Nicholson, OCLC 46521

Topic:Art studies and history