The Resource What art is: : the esthetic theory of Ayn Rand, Louis Torres & Michelle Marder Kamhi, (ebook)

What art is: : the esthetic theory of Ayn Rand, Louis Torres & Michelle Marder Kamhi, (ebook)

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What art is: : the esthetic theory of Ayn Rand
Title
What art is:
Title remainder
the esthetic theory of Ayn Rand
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Louis Torres & Michelle Marder Kamhi
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eng
Summary
What is art? The arts establishment has a simple answer: anything is art if a reputed artist or expert says it is. Though many people are skeptical about the alleged new art forms that have proliferated since the early twentieth century, today's critics claim that all such work, however incomprehensible, is art. A groundbreaking alternative to this view is provided by philosopher-novelist Ayn Rand (1901-1982). Best known as the author of The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, Rand also created an original and illuminating theory of art, which confirms the widespread view that much of today's purported art is not really art at all. In What Art Is, Torres and Kamhi present a lucid introduction to Rand's esthetic theory, contrasting her ideas with those of other thinkers. They conclude that, in its basic principles, her account is compelling, and is corroborated by evidence from anthropology, neurology, cognitive science, and psychology. The authors apply Rand's theory to a debunking of the work of prominent modernists and postmodernists from Mondrian, Jackson Pollock, and Samuel Beckett to John Cage, Merce Cunningham, and other highly regarded postmodernist figures. Finally, they explore the implications of Rand's ideas for the issues of government and corporate support of the arts, art law, and art education. "This is one of the most interesting, provocative, and well-written books on aesthetics that I know. While fully accessible to the general reader, What Art Is should be of great interest to specialists as well. Ayn Rand's largely unknown writings on art especially as interpreted, released from dogma, and smoothed out by Torres and Kamhi are remarkably refined. Moreover, her ideas are positively therapeutic after a century of artistic floundering and aesthetic quibbling. Anyone interested in aesthetics, in the purpose of art, or in the troubling issues posed by modernism and post modernism should read this book
Cataloging source
Midwest
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1938-
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Torres, Louis
Dewey number
813/.52
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no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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dictionaries
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  • Kamhi, Michelle Marder
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  • Rand, Ayn
  • Aesthetics
  • Aesthetics, Modern
  • Arts, Modern
  • Modernism (Aesthetics)
  • Postmodernism
  • Art criticism
  • Musical criticism
  • Dance criticism
  • Literature, Modern
  • Film criticism
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adult
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What art is: : the esthetic theory of Ayn Rand, Louis Torres & Michelle Marder Kamhi, (ebook)
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unknown
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1 online resource
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  • online
  • electronic
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Digital content provided by hoopla
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9780812699593
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(electronic bk.)
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MWT11826443
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remote
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11826443
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What art is: : the esthetic theory of Ayn Rand, Louis Torres & Michelle Marder Kamhi, (ebook)
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Publication
Color
multicolored
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unknown
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1 online resource
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
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Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9780812699593
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Publisher number
MWT11826443
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
11826443
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MWT11826443
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Mode of access: World Wide Web

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