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    Art Matters
    by Peter De Bolla

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    • Language: english
    • Publisher: Harvard University Press
    • Author: Peter De Bolla
    • ISBN: 9780674011106 (0674011104)
    • Format: paperback, 190 pages
    • Genres: art
    • Release date: March 30, 2003

    About The Book

    In the face of a great work of art, we so often stand mute, struck dumb. Is this a function — perhaps the first and foremost — of aesthetic experience? Or do we lack the words to say what we feel? Countering current assumptions that art is valued only according to taste or ideology, Peter de Bolla gives a voice — and vocabulary — to the wonder art can inspire. Working toward a better understanding of what it is to be profoundly moved by a work of art, he forces us to reconsider the importance of art works and the singular nature and value of our experience of them.

    In many ways a “practical aesthetics,” Art Matters proceeds by way of example. Through chapters attending to three works of art — Barnett Newman’s painting Vir Heroicus Sublimis, pianist Glenn Gould’s second recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, and William Wordsworth’s poem “We Are Seven” — de Bolla plots a personal history of aesthetic experience that opens up the general forms of art appreciation. His book invites us to a closer encounter with art, and to a deeper appreciation and clearer expression of what such an encounter might hold.

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