On Criticism (Paperback)

Author: Carroll, Noel

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In a recent poll of practicing art critics, 75 percent reported that rendering judgments on artworks was the least significant aspect of their job. This is a troubling statistic for philosopher and critic Noel Carroll, who argues that that the proper task of the critic is not simply to describe, or to uncover hidden meanings or agendas, but instead to determine what is of value in art.

Carroll argues for a humanistic conception of criticism which focuses on what the artist has achieved by creating or performing the work. Whilst a good critic should not neglect to contextualize and offer interpretations of a work of art, he argues that too much recent criticism has ignored the fundamental role of the artist''s intentions.

Including examples from visual, performance and literary arts, and the work of contemporary critics, Carroll provides a charming, erudite and persuasive argument that evaluation of art is an indispensable part of the conversation of life.


Publisher Taylor & Francis
Mfg Part# 9780415396219
SKU 207534169
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0415396212
Release Date 9/22/2008
Dimensions (in Inches) 7.75H x 5L x 0.5T
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Editors Note Drawing on his knowledge of the worlds of art, criticism, and philosophy, Noèel Carroll argues that appraisal and evaluation of art are an indispensable part of the conversation of life.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0210
Publisher Routledge
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