Art Matters

Harvard University Press, 2003 - 190 Seiten

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 current 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.


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De Bolla's use of rich language can be enjoyable and meaningful at times, but it is not enough to distract one from the verbose, meandering nature of the book. Interesting observations are made, but ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

Art matters

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De Bolla (Cambridge Univ.; The Discourse of the Sublime) analyzes three works a painting by Barnett Newman, pianist Glenn Gould's second recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations, and Wordsworth's poem ... Vollständige Rezension lesen


Aesthetic Experience
Barnett Newmans Vir Heroicus Sublimis
Glenn Goulds Goldberg 1981
Wordsworths We Are Seven
The Architecture of Wonder

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Über den Autor (2003)

Peter de Bolla is Fellow of King's College at Cambridge University and author ofHarold BloomandThe Discourse of the Sublime.

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