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Single Idea 20331

[catalogued under 21. Aesthetics / B. Nature of Art / 4. Art as Expression]

Full Idea

The argument that works of art have properties that physical objects could not have characteristically concentrates on the expressive properties of works of art.

Gist of Idea

It is claimed that the expressive properties of artworks are non-physical


Richard Wollheim (Art and Its Objects [1968], 10)

A Reaction

Since the idea of an object having non-physical properties strikes me as ridiculous, this gets off to a bad start. If artworks are abstract objects, then all of their properties are non-physical.

Book Reference

Wollheim,Richard: 'Art and Its Objects' [Penguin 1975], p.28