Richard Wollheim is one of the dominant figures in the philosophy of art, having focused on two core, interrelated questions: How do paintings depict? and how do they express feelings? In this collection, a distinguished group of thinkers in the fields of art history and philosophical aesthetics offers a critical assessment of Wollheim's theory of art. In the final essay Wollheim himself responds to the contributors. This book will be eagerly sought out by all serious students of the theory of art, whether in departments of philosophy or art history.
List of contributors; Relevant works by Richard Wollheim and their abbreviations as used in this volume; Preface; Introduction Rob van Gerwen; Part I. Representation: 1. On pictorial representation Richard Wollheim; 2. Wollheim on pictorial representation Jerrold Levinson; 3. The limits of twofoldness: a defence of the concept of pictorial thought Andrew Harrison; 4. A hypothesis about seeing-in Monique Roelofs; 5. Communication and the art of painting Anthony Savile; 6. Twofoldedness: from transcendental imagination to pictorial art Paul Crowther; Part II. Expression: 7. Wollheim on correspondence, projective properties and expressive perception Malcolm Budd; 8. The artistry of depiction Michael Podro; 9. Style and value in the art of painting Carolyn Wilde; 10. Expression as representation Rob van Gerwen; 11. Wollheim on expression (and representation) Graham McFee; Part III. The Internal Spectator: 12. Viewing making painting Svetlana Alpers; 13. The staging of spectatorship Renée van de Vall; 14. Presentation or representation Susan L. Feagin; 15. The case for the internal spectator: aesthetics or art history? Caroline van Eck; 16. The spectator in the picture Robert Hopkins; 17. A word on behalf of 'the merely visual' Michael Baxandall; Part IV. Reply: 18. A reply to the contributors Richard Wollheim; Bibliography; Index.
"No large library collection will be complete without commentary on this major aesthetician, and small collections will benefit from the inclusion of this handy, single volume to address inquiries on art, art history, methodology, painting theory, and criticism." Art Documentation
"Wolheim's discipline of philosophical aesthetics and art history is honored and scrutinized in this highly profound book.... In spite of the fact that the book is almost imageless, it will engage every serious art historian and philosopher of art.... Highly recommended." Choice
"This is an important volume." Philosophy in Review