Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Philosopher's Recommended Reading List on Contemporary Art

Our magazine, Art Focus Oklahoma, highlights Oklahoma artists and art activities in our state.  The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition is dedicated to stimulating insight into and providing current information about the visual arts in Oklahoma.  At the same time, we hope to build understanding more about how art is viewed, studied, and conceived of in the broader field. 

Below are recommended readings from this profile of Sherri Irvin, Ph.D., an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Oklahoma (OU). The profile highlights Irvin's studies and is written by independent curator Shannon Fitzgerald. Many of Irvin's own published articles and paper can be downloaded from her faculty website:

Dr. Irvin Recommends:
The Contingent Object of Contemporary ArtBuskirk, Martha, The Contingent Object of Contemporary Art, MIT, 2005. 

The Philosophy of Art (Foundations of the Philosophy of the Arts)
Stephen Davies, The Philosophy of Art, Blackwell, 2006.  

A Philosophy of Computer ArtDominic McIver Lopes, A Philosophy of Computer Art, Routledge, 2009.

Who's Afraid of Conceptual Art?Peter Goldie and Elisabeth Schellekens, Who’s Afraid of Conceptual Art?, Routledge, 2010. 

Philosophy and Conceptual Art
Peter Goldie and Elisabeth Schellekens (eds.), Philosophy and Conceptual Art, Oxford, 2007.

1 comment:

Rottenart said...

I'd like to add a couple of titles, just for those who are interested:

After the End of Art, by Arthur C. Danto


Air Guitar, by Dave Hickey

The first is a very useful primer on the rise and scope of what we term 'post-modernism' especially as it relates to contemporary art-making. The second is a funny, depressing, engaging, and thought-provoking collection of essays about the art world from one of the more astute cultural critics working today.