Ideas from 'The Artworld' by Arthur C. Danto [1964], by Theme Structure

[found in 'Journal of Philosophy' (ed/tr -) [- ,]].

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21. Aesthetics / B. Nature of Art / 6. Art as Institution
An ordinary object can be a work of art, but only if some theory of art supports it
                        Full Idea: What in the end makes the difference between a Brillo box and a work of art consisting of a Brillo box is a certain theory of art. It is the theory that takes it up into the world of art, and keeps it from collapsing into the real object which it is.
                        From: Arthur C. Danto (The Artworld [1964], p.581), quoted by Sondra Bacharach - Arthur C. Danto
                        A reaction: It is hard to describe Duchamp's original claim that the urinal was an artwork as a 'theory'. It is a mere rebellious assertion.