List of Illustrations Ch. 2Three Decades after the End of Art Ch. 3Master Narratives and Critical Principles Ch. 4Modernism and the Critique of Pure Art: The Historical Vision of Clement Greenberg Ch. 5From Aesthetics to Art Criticism Ch. 6Painting and the Pale of History: The Passing of the Pure Ch. 7Pop Art and Past Futures Ch. 8Painting, Politics, and Post-Historical Art Ch. 9The Historical Museum of Monochrome Art Ch. 10Museums and the Thirsting Millions Ch. 11Modalities of History: Possibility and Comedy Index
Arthur C. Danto, Johnsonian Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Columbia University, is Art Critic for The Nation. His books include The Transfiguration of the Commonplace, Embodied Meanings, Beyond the Brillo Box, and Encounter and Reflections, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Prize in Criticism.
Winner of the 1998 Eugene M. Kayden National University Press Book Prize, University of Colorado at Boulder "If you are seriously attentive to contemporary art, you are already aware of Danto and his general positions, and owe it to yourself to read this book. If you are not, but are genuinely curious, you would do well to follow him... Throughout it is clear and direct; at best, it is brilliantly crystalline... I know of no more useful single book on art today."--Michael Pakenham, Baltimore Sun "Is Danto gloomy about the end of art? Not in the slightest... Danto is nothing if not cheered by the prospect of an art world in which everything is permitted."--Roger Copeland, Wilson Quarterly "... the need for critical works such as this one--learned, discerning and refreshingly open-minded--is perhaps greater than ever."--Publishers Weekly "In this, Dr. Danto's best book yet, he helps us make sense of the times we are living in."--Richard Dorment, The Art Newspaper "Required reading for anyone seriously interested in late-modern and contemporary art."--Library Journal "Danto was and remains the high priest of pluralism, and arch-critic of the view that art has a distinctive essence... The chapters in this book are a challenging read, but a good one, because they take us to the heart of a living and profoundly interesting contemporary debate."--A.C. Grayling, Financial Times "Danto makes a lively and stimulating case [about the end of art]... The source ... of all ths mental labor is Andy Warhol, or more precisely his Brillo box sculpture... The utter banality of the piece sent 600 years of art history crashing to the ground in ruins."--Boston Book Review