return to list of latest ideas

Single Idea 20393

[catalogued under 21. Aesthetics / B. Nature of Art / 6. Art as Institution]

Full Idea

The 'institutional' theory says to be an artwork, an artwork must be appropriately placed within a web of practices, roles and frameworks that comprise an informally organised institution, the artworld.

Gist of Idea

The 'institutional' theory says art is just something appropriately placed in the 'artworld'


Stephen Davies (The Philosophy of Art (2nd ed) [2016], 2.5)

A Reaction

[He cites George Dickie] This theory seems to entirely developed to cope with the defiant gesture of Marcel Duchamp. Once I am an established artist, I have the authority to label anything I like as a work of art. Silly.

Book Reference

Davies,Stephen: 'The Philosophy of Art (2nd ed)' [Wiley Blackwell 2016], p.36