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Defining Art, Creating the CanonArtistic Value in an Era of Doubt$
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Paul Crowther

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199210688

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199210688.001.0001

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Conclusion: The Status and Future of Art

Conclusion: The Status and Future of Art

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(p.235) Conclusion: The Status and Future of Art
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Defining Art, Creating the Canon
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199210688.003.0010

This chapter summarizes the central argument of the book as a whole and considers it in relation to some broader questions, most notably artistic value's deservedly high cultural status, and its relation to controversies concerning the end of art. It is argued that each individual contribution to a medium offers a new way — however slight — of experiencing the world. When artistic refinement or innovation is of a fundamental kind, then one has the excitement of seeing highly significant new ways of configuring the medium and world flowing out of these. The artwork is always to some degree an inert material object; but in its style of imagery and originality it exemplifies the power and potential of freedom.

Keywords:   cultural status, end of art, refinement, innovation, style, originality, freedom

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