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Kant, Art, and Art History
Moments of Discipline


  • Date Published: April 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521107563

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  • Kant, Art, and Art History is the first systematic study of Kant's reception of and influence on the visual arts and art history. Arguing against Kant's transcendental approach to aesthetic judgement, Cheetham examines five 'moments' of his influence, including the use of Kant's political writings among German-speaking artists and critics in Rome around 1800; the canonized patterns of Kant's reception in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century art history, particularly in the work of Wölfflin and Panofsky; and the Kantian language in the criticism of Cubism. He also reassesses Clement Greenberg's famous reliance on Kant. The final chapter focuses on Kant's 'image', both in contemporary and posthumous portraits, with respect to his status as the image of philosophy within a disciplinary hierarchy. In Cheetham's reading, Kant emerges as a figure who has constantly erected and crossed the borders among art, its history, and philosophy.

    • First systematic study of Kant's influence in the visual arts and in art history
    • Will appeal to both art historians and philosophers
    • Covers period contemporary to Kant to the present
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    Review of the hardback: 'A disciplined book about specific events in art history.' Architectural Review

    Review of the hardback: 'Mark Cheetham's thorough and insightful new work investigates Kant's continuing influence on the visual arts, both in practice and as defined by the academic discipline of art history.' Journal of the History of Philosophy

    Review of the hardback: 'Cheetham's work is an erudite and highly reflexive contribution to Kant studies, an invigorating and revitalizing critical infusion.' German Studies Review

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    • Date Published: April 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521107563
    • length: 236 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.32kg
    • contains: 35 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: bo(a)rders
    2. Place and time: Kant in Rome c. 1800
    3. The genealogy of authority: Kant and art's history in the twentieth century
    4. The sublime is now (again): French theory/international art
    5. Kant's skull: portraits and the image of philosophy, c. 1790–1990.

  • Author

    Mark A. Cheetham, University of Toronto

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