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Could anyone recommend some aesthetic theory books?


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#1 of 3 OFFLINE   Andrew-V

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Posted December 30 2006 - 10:09 AM

So, I've lately been working my way through some books focused on the philosophical aspects of art, most of it dealing with cinema.

On the subject of cinema I've read:
Andre Bazin - What Is Cinema? - Volumes I and II
Sergei Eisenstein - Film Form and The Film Sense

On a broader sense I'm starting to read:
Umberto Eco - Art and Beauty in the Middle Ages
John Dewey - Art as Experience
Erich Auerbach - Mimesis: The Representation of Reality in Western Literature

I'm really not interested in film history stuff, rather criticisms regarding its execution.

I would greatly appreciate it if anyone here could recommend some new titles either on the subject of cinema or art in general. Authors, keywords, search strings, etc I might not have thought of would also be appreciated. Even other works by the authors above I might not have thought of (Eco, Dewey).

Thanks in advance.

#2 of 3 OFFLINE   Mark R O

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Posted January 09 2007 - 09:09 PM

The Romantic Manifesto - by Ayn Rand

The unifiying theroy of art. The topics include:
Art and cognition
Psycho-epistemology of art
Art and sense of life

Hope you find it rewarding as it was to me.
The aim of life is to live and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.

#3 of 3 OFFLINE   andrew markworthy

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Posted January 10 2007 - 12:30 AM

I don't know how much you already know about art, but a good starting point is Ernst Gombrich's A History of Art. If you go through that book and absorb all he has to say you'll have an extremely solid knowledge base. Then follow up with the books listed in his references. I know several art lecturers and they all praise Gombrich as the best starting point, even if you think you already know something about art.