didn't know danto
Post #608 • August 23, 2005, 12:23 PM • 69 Comments
From The Nation:
In some ways, Danto's midcareer shift to art criticism is unsurprising; after studying art at Wayne State University he moved to New York, where he had a short-lived career as an artist in the 1950s. "I showed around a lot," he recalls, painting like "Franz Kline but figuratively." But Danto was studying philosophy in addition to pursuing art. "I liked writing philosophy better, so I just stopped cold," he says. "Doing philosophy and art at the same time was like living two lives--and one life was enough." From that point on, Danto was "single-mindedly a philosopher," as he wrote in his book After the End of Art, eventually becoming a professor of philosophy at Columbia in 1966.
Quoth the man, answering the question, What artists or artworks do you love?
I have fairly conservative tastes. I love eighteenth-century French painting, Watteau and Chardin especially. I love Morandi and Modigliani. Among contemporary artists I like abstract painting a lot--Robert Mangold, Sean Scully, David Reed. But not all important art is especially lovable. I can't say I love Jeff Koons's work--but I think it's important. Who can actually love Duchamp's work? What I hate is being manipulated. I hate Francis Bacon for that reason. But I forgive Norman Rockwell, since I am given to sentimentality. I really wish the world were a lot more like his world than it is. I love Robert Rauschenberg for erasing a drawing of de Kooning, just because of its brashness. I could go on and on about this!
Gotta run - more on this tomorrow.