Part of Contested Territories: Conversations in Practice



Since the publication of his essay ‘The Artworld’ (Journal of Philosophy, 1964), Arthur Danto’s work has always affirmed a deep relationship between philosophy and art. He is best known for his contemporary version of GWF Hegel’s ‘end of art’ thesis, first enunciated in 1984 and most recently developed in his book After the End of Art (Princeton University Press, 1997). On the occasion of his first visit to the UK in many years, Danto talks with historian and theorist of contemporary art Thierry de Duve, and philosopher Richard Shusterman. De Duve’s work has long revolved around Marcel Duchamp’s readymade and its implications for aesthetics. His publications include Kant after Duchamp (MIT Press, 1998) and Look, 100 Years of Contemporary Art (Ludion, 2001). Shusterman’s areas of study range from high-brow topics to popular culture, integrating perspectives from European, American and East-Asian studies. He is the author of many books including Analytic Aesthetics (Blackwell, 1989) and Pragmatist Aesthetics: Living Beauty, Rethinking Art (Blackwell 1992, 2nd edition Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2000), as well as the provocative essay ‘The End of Aesthetic Experience’. Part of Contested Territories: Conversations in Practice In collaboration with Chelsea School of Art and Design, and in association with Naked Punch Review