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The Great Debate about Art By Roy Harris, Jr.

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Reflects on the early nineteenth-century doctrine of 'art for art's sake'. Attacked by Proudhon and Nietzsche, but defended by Theophile Gautier and E M Forster, it influenced movements as diverse as futurism and Dada.

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The Great Debate about Art by Roy Harris, Jr.

In this lucid and insightful essay, renowned linguist Roy Harris reflects on the early nineteenth-century doctrine of 'art for art's sake'. Attacked by Proudhon and Nietzsche, but defended by Theophile Gautier and E. M. Forster, it influenced movements as diverse as futurism and Dada. Over the past two centuries, three main positions have emerged. The 'institutional' view declares art to be a status conferred upon certain works by the approval of influential institutions. The 'idiocentric' view gives absolute priority to the judgment of the individual. The third is the 'conceptual' view of art, which insists that what counts is the idea that inspired a work, not the physical execution. But, as Harris shows, the tacit assumptions which once supported this debate and these positions have now collapsed. "Art" as a coherent category has imploded, leaving behind a historical residue of empty questions that contemporary society can no longer answer. "The Great Debate about Art" provides much-needed signposts for understanding this sorry state of affairs.

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Years ago in his Prickly Paradigm Press pamphlet, "What Happened to Art Criticism," James Elkins claimed that art criticism is in a state of crisis worldwide. . . .Into the fray comes the distinguished linguist Roy Harris who has published, also with Prickly Paradigm, T"he Great Debate About Art." Harris takes up Elkins diagnosis and places it within the long history of discussing art, claiming, however, that as something worth analyzing and debating, art is over. . . .This is not because criticism won t have works to attach itself to, but because the conditions for criticism mattering are long gone. The arts died with Dada, since which criticism has been a kind of diversion of attention from their absence.
--John Rapko"ArtCritical" (08/17/2010)"

Years ago in his Prickly Paradigm Press pamphlet, What Happened to Art Criticism, James Elkins claimed that art criticism is in a state of crisis worldwide. . . .Into the fray comes the distinguished linguist Roy Harris who has published, also with Prickly Paradigm, The Great Debate About Art. Harris takes up Elkins' diagnosis and places it within the long history of discussing art, claiming, however, that as something worth analyzing and debating, art is over. . . .This is not because criticism won't have works to attach itself to, but because the conditions for criticism mattering are long gone. The arts died with Dada, since which criticism has been a kind of diversion of attention from their absence."

--John Rapko"ArtCritical" (08/17/2010)

About Roy Harris, Jr.


Roy Harris is emeritus professor of general linguistics at the University of Oxford and honorary fellow of St Edmund Hall. He has also held university teaching posts in Hong Kong, Boston, and Paris.

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GOR008424535
The Great Debate about Art by Roy Harris, Jr.
Roy Harris, Jr.
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Prickly Paradigm Press, LLC
2010-07-09
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9780984201006
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