Aesthetics and Painting introduces and opens up current debates and ideas in the aesthetics of painting. At the book's center is an investigation of the complex relationship between what a painting depicts and the means by which it is depicted. The book looks at: how and why painting may be distinguished from other art forms; the relationship between the painted surface and the depicted subject; the "rules of representation" specific to painting; abstract art and nonrepresentational painting; the most recent technological and aesthetic developments and their implications; the role of the artist--and that of the spectator. A sophisticated treatment of major ideas in art and philosophy, Aesthetics and Painting remains highly readable throughout, offering a clear and coherent account of the nature of painting as an art form.
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Jason Gaiger is Lecturer in Contemporary Art History and Theory at the University of Oxford, UK. His publications include Frameworks for Modern Art (Yale, 2004), an English edition of Herder's Sculpture (Chicago, 2002) and, as co-editor, Art in Theory: 1815-1900 and Art in Theory: 1648-1815 (Blackwell,1998 and 2000).Review:
"This book shines a much needed clear, intelligent light on the central questions of the meaning and value of painting, proving that philosophy and art can know and illuminate one another." — John Armstrong, Melbourne University, Australia
'A book with beautiful manners ... Every point is made with perfect poise: without haste but with precisely the right degree of development needed to serve the larger argument. It is the achievement of a classic mind - there is no trace of modishness, quibbling, or pedantry. It radiates Palladian calm.' - British Journal of Aesthetics
“This book shines a much needed clear, intelligent light on the central questions of the meaning and value of painting, proving that philosophy and art can know and illuminate one another.” – John Armstrong, Melbourne University, Australia
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