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By John K. Howat

ISBN-10: 0870994972

ISBN-13: 9780870994975

The superb catalog of the exhibition prepared by means of the Metropolitan Museum. The well-written essays, via Met curators, chart the 19th-century upward thrust and fall of the 1st local university of panorama portray. The catalog contains many of the famous and lots of lesser-known Hudson River photographs, mentioned extensive for either experts and generalists. The booklet is well-organized and well-indexed, and, whereas no longer breaking nice new flooring, is extremely instructed. The plates are ordinarily reliable.

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Other twins are John Cage’s 4′33″ and four and a half minutes of not playing a piano, Robert Rauschenberg’s Erased de Kooning Drawing and a blank, if slightly smudgy, sheet of paper, and William Carlos Williams’s ‘This Is Just to Say’ and a (sort-of) apology note. These are actual twins, whose population is augmented in the literature by many counterfactual twins. Danto signals their importance when he writes that ‘nothing in which indiscernibles consist can be the basis of a good theory of art’ (1981, 6).

The change is dramatically graphed in tree diagrams that accompanied the two encyclopaedias. Kristeller identifies some of the factors that, over the centuries, may have driven the innovation, and a brief survey conveys a picture of the culminating event in the eighteenth century. Attention from the humanists gave poetry ‘honor and glamor’ and a place in their new curriculum (Kristeller 1951–2, 510–11). Having gradually gained prestige in Italy from the fourteenth century onwards, painting, sculpture, and architecture came to be classified together as the arti del disegno (Kristeller 1951–2, 513–14).

Presumably logical and mathematical concepts are paradigm examples of closed concepts. Other closed concepts resemble them in so far as their application conditions are closed by ‘stipulating the range of their uses . . for a special purpose’ (1956, 31–2). The problem, as Weitz sees it, with closing these concepts is that the result fails to model the true diversity of uses of the concept. When it comes to art, the task is described thus: ‘our first problem is the elucidation of the actual employment of the concept of art, to give a logical description of the actual functioning of the concept, including a description of the conditions under which we correctly use it or its correlates’ (1956, 30).

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