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Ideas of Gregory Currie, by Text

[British, fl. 2002, Oxford University, and then Professor at the University of Nottingham.]

1988 An Ontology of Art
p.215 If paintings could be perfectly duplicated, it would be a multiple art form
     Full Idea: Currie claims that, in principle, all art forms are multiple. A superxerox machine, duplicating a painting molecule by molecule, would show that paintings are singular only contingently.
     From: report of Gregory Currie (An Ontology of Art [1988]) by Sondra Bacharach - Arthur C. Danto 3
     A reaction: This strikes me as correct. An original painting would then have the same status as the manuscript of a poem, giving it an authority, and being moving by its personal contact with the artist. But worth far less than current original paintings.