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Art and IntentionA Philosophical Study$
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Paisley Livingston

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199278060

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199278067.001.0001

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INTENTION AND THE CREATION OF ART

INTENTION AND THE CREATION OF ART

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(p.31) Chapter 2 INTENTION AND THE CREATION OF ART
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Art and Intention
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Paisley Livingston (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199278067.003.0002

An examination of the functions of intention in the making of art begins with the contrast between inspirationist and rationalist perspectives on artistic creativity. As an alternative, Livingston emphasizes the blending of spontaneous and deliberate, planned and unintentional moments in the creative process. Intentions are necessary to art-making and are linked to the assumption that a work of art is always evaluable in terms of one kind of potential artistic value—artistry or virtuosity. Intentions are linked to artists’ projects, to the distinction between complete and incomplete works of art, as well as to the several senses of ‘fragment’ in critical discourse.

Keywords:   artistic value, automatic writing, creation of art, inspiration, intention, fragment, work of art

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