The Imperceptibility of Style in Danto's Theory of Art: Metaphor and the Artist's Knowledge

Stephen Snyder
  • CounterText, December 2015, Edinburgh University Press
  • DOI: 10.3366/count.2015.0028

The Imperceptibility of Style

What is it about?

Arthur Danto’s analytic theory of art relies on a form of artistic interpretation that requires access to the art theoretical concepts of the artworld, ‘an atmosphere of artistic theory, a knowledge of the history of art: an artworld’. Art, in what Danto refers to as post-history, has become theoretical, yet I contend that his explanation of the artist’s creative style lacks a theoretical dimension. Here, I examine Danto’s account of style in light of the role the artistic metaphor plays in the interpretation of the artwork, arguing that it is unable to account for the metaphorical power he claims is embedded within the work of art.

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