depiction and painting

THEORY

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1

The Problem with Pictures

Brief history of competing theories of depiction, their application in art history and aesthetics, from Gombrich to the late 90s.

(15 pages – 5538 words)

 

E.H. Gombrich, Nelson Goodman, Richard Wollheim, Roland Barthes, Umberto Eco, Norman Bryson, W.J.T. Mitchell, Erwin Panofsky, Rosalind Krauss, James Elkins, Julian Bell.

 

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2

Depiction Revised

 

A closer look at Nelson Goodman’s theory of reference, a revision proposed.

(9 pages – 3090 words)

 

Goodman, Gombrich, Mitchell

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3

Depiction Pursued

Applies new theory to five key issues for depiction – depth, distortion, caricature, fiction and found or natural images

(14 pages – 5253 words)

John Willats, J. J. Gibson, Goodman, Gombrich, David Marr et al, John M. Kennedy, Wollheim, Stephanie Ross

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4

Expression and Style

 

Reconciles the new theory of depiction with Goodman’s views of expression as metaphor, together with its relation to classification of style, or stylistics.

(11 pages – 3887 words)

 

Goodman Wollheim, Gombrich, John Constable, Monroe Beardsley, W.K. Wimsatt, Arthur Danto,

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5

Depiction and Art

 

The issue of beauty or excellence in depiction and art. Combines the proposed theory with Goodman’s view of cognitive effectiveness.

(10 pages – 3691 words)

 

Goodman, Catherine Z. Elgin, Gombrich, Wollheim, George A. Kelly.

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6

Art History

The issue of Gombrich’s historical approach to (and definition of) art, in particular concerning the twentieth century.

(9 pages – 3099 words)

Gombrich, Goodman, Bell, David Carrier.

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7

Interpretation

The issue of interpretation underpinning an historical definition of art. Radical relativist approaches to interpretation (and history). An irrealist method outlined.

7 pages – 2738 words)

Gombrich, Martin Heidegger, Jurgen Habermas, Joseph Margolis, E.D. Hirsch, Peter Caws, Claude Levi-Strauss, Jacques Derrida, Jean Baudrillard, Jean-Francois Lyotard, Michel Foucault, Hans Gadamer, James F. Harris, Harvey Siegel, Goodman

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8

Realisms

 

A pluralistic view of stylistic realisms, demonstrated by analysis of the work of Pollock.

(11 pages – 3979 words)

 

Gombrich, Goodman, Elgin, Mitchell, Jackson Pollock, Claude Cernuschi, Irving Sandler,

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9

Painting

A pluralist view of painting. The crucial difference now between the work of sole and multiple instances in depiction and art. Then looks at formalist criticism based upon theories of painting, for the formulation of Modernism, as a period style.

(16 pages – 6444 words)

Goodman, Wollheim, Walter Benjamin, Bell, Clement Greenberg, Immanuel Kant, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Michael Fried, Thierry de Duve, William Rubin, Frank Stella, Donald Judd.

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10

Summary

 

The contribution made to theory here, its place within Goodman’s larger aesthetic, or irrealism.

(6 pages – 1582 words)

 

 

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Chapters 1 - 10.