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Phenomenology of the Visual Arts (even the frame) Hardcover – September 16, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0804762144 ISBN-10: 0804762147

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press (September 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804762147
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804762144
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,081,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book should interest a variety of scholars with a theoretical interest in the visual arts. The book addresses pictures, sculpture, abstract art conceptual art, photography, digital art, and architecture... Recommended"—J. O. Young Choice.

"Phenomenology of the Visual Arts (even the frame) speaks to the present moment of speculation about visual art, both by the critique of currently prominent art theories and by giving a convincing new theory that is at once more generous and more nuanced than previous efforts. Highly original and yet confirmatory of virtually every experience of art, this book is a singular contribution to contemporary theory of the visual arts." —Edward S. Casey, SUNY at Stony Brook

"This is perhaps the most systematic phenomenological theory of the visual arts ever written. A book of philosophic meditation that makes direct contact with art history and art criticism, it will be the center of discussion and controversy by a very wide range of contemporary art historians, critics, artists, and theorists." —James Elkins, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

About the Author

Paul Crowther is Professor of Philosophy at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He is the author of a number of books, including the recent Defining Art, Creating the Canon: Artistic Value in an Era of Doubt (2007).

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alethia on February 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
On the cover of Phenomenology of the Visual Arts - James Elkins says something about this being the most systematic phenomenology of the visual arts. Rest assured it's more than that - it's the most comprehensive philosophy of the visual arts ever written by anyone. Everything from drawing to digital is in there, and what's more is that Crowther concentrates on whats embodied in the visual work itself - instead of the usual emphasis on 'theory' that remains stuck on reception.
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