Individual Style After The End Of Art

Postgraduate Journal of Aesthetics 2 (3):105-115 (2005)
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In The Transfiguration of the Commonplace (1981)1 Arthur Danto construes individual style as something “given” that belongs to the artist “essentially” and “inseparably.” By contrast, his theory of the end of art, set forth in After the End of Art (1997) and elsewhere,2 suggests the liberation of artists from any stylistic commitments. How do these two theories go together? Can there be individual styles after the end of art? Examining the compatibility between Danto’s end of art thesis and his essentialist conception of individual style, this paper tries to approach an answer to these questions.
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