TITLE

Criticism Against Itself

AUTHOR(S)
Bachman, Clover
PUB. DATE
April 2006
SOURCE
International Journal of the Humanities;Apr2006, Vol. 3 Issue 8, p69
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This reading of the Discourses, as a theory of criticism, argues that Reynolds resolves the problems of intersubjectivity by appealing to the visual artwork as an exemplary form of human knowledge. Reynolds grants a unique form of agency to the artwork, placing his theory in tension with theories of judgment that emphasize the artwork's status as the occasion for intersubjective exploration or judgment. While this is a subtle distinction it is an important one. The way in which Reynolds is able to contend with defining taste and genius in the context of instruction allows him to promote art as a unique source of knowledge for the spectator (critic and artist). He attempts to create a meaningful language for discussing the aesthetic experience by using criticism against itself — to effectively subordinate the discursive account of the aesthetic experience to the formal account of the artwork.
ACCESSION #
25038944

 

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