The Invention of Art: A Cultural History

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The idea of Art

University of Illinois philosophy professor Shiner spent over a decade honing what he calls a “brief history of the idea of art.” This carefully prepared and given the extent and complexity of what he is discussing admirably concise, well-organized book is the result.

Looking forward as much as backward, Shiner finds

that “the category of fine art is a recent historical construction that could disappear in its turn.”

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