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Aesthetic Theory, Abstract Art, and Lawrence Carroll


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Acknowledgments 1. What is a work of art? 2. What is a painting? 3. The Art World 4. Lawrence Carroll Enters the Art World 5. Why Painting's History Matters 6. An Art History Made for and by Artists 7. Interpreting Lawrence Carroll's Artworks 8. Why Lawrence Carroll's Paintings Matter Notes Lawrence Carroll: Selected Exhibitions Lawrence Carroll: Selected Collections Bibliography Index

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An analysis of philosophical accounts of painting and essentialism, applying the theory of Greenberg, Fried and Danto to the contemporary artist Lawrence Carroll.

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David Carrier has taught Philosophy at Pittsburgh University, USA and Art History at Cleveland, USA. A former Getty Scholar, Clark Fellow, and Senior Fellow at the National Humanities Center, he has been a lecturer in Beijing and at Princeton University.


A seminal work of simply outstanding scholarship, 'Aesthetic Theory, Abstract Art, and Lawrence Carroll' is enhanced for academia with the inclusion of figures, plates, selected solo and group exhibitions, selected public and private collections, an eleven page listing of references, and a three page index ... [Very] highly recommended for community, college, and university library Art History collections in general, and Lawrence Carroll supplemental studies lists in particular. * Midwest Book Review *
Two retrospectives of Lawrence Carroll's abstract painting allow David Carrier to wend his way through Carroll's whole 'project' philosophically. When analytical philosophers absorbed aesthetics into 'philosophy of art,' they pretty much stamped out delight; here however, one of their own breaks ranks, on behalf of an abstract painter who, Nietzsche would say, teaches him how to dance. Yes, Carrier discusses the nature of art per se; but he is also concerned with thinking about the 'deskilled' application of paint on a thing that takes up space but clings to the category of painting. * Joseph Masheck, Professor Emeritus of Art History, Hofstra University, USA and former Editor-in-Chief of Artforum *

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