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News: November/December 2013

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Arthur Danto Dead

The philosopher, aesthetician and art critic Arthur Danto has died in New York aged 89. He taught philosophy at Columbia University for over 40 years. After Andy Warhol created Pop Art with his ‘sculptures’ of Brillo Boxes, looking just like boxes in the supermarket, Danto was initially perplexed: How could this be art? In response, he created an influential theory about the nature of art. According to Danto, something is art if it occupies a place in an artworld. An artworld is a kind of artistic conversation, extended over time.

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