On Criticism
by Noel Carroll (9780415396202)

On Criticism
 
Noel Carroll
Release Date: 14 October 2008
Format: Hardback
Pages: 224
Category: Aesthetics
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
ISBN: 9780415396202
ISBN-10: 0415396204



In a recent poll of practicing art critics, 75 percent reported that rendering judgments on artworks was the least significant aspect of their job. This is a troubling statistic for philosopher and critic Noel Carroll, who argues that the proper task of the critic is not simply to describe, or to uncover hidden meanings or agendas, but ultimately to determine what is of value in art. Carroll argues for a humanistic conception of criticism which focuses on what the artist has achieved by creating or performing the work. Whilst a good critic should not neglect to contextualize and offer interpretations of a work of art, he argues that too much recent criticism has ignored the fundamental role of the artist's intentions. Including examples from visual, performance and literary arts, and the work of contemporary critics, Carroll provides a charming, erudite and persuasive argument that appraisal and evaluation of art are an indispensable part of the conversation of life.

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