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Alfred Gell puts forward a new anthropological theory of visual art, seen as a form of instrumental action: the making of things as a means of influencing the. Alfred Antony Francis Gell, FBA was a British social anthropologist whose most influential work concerned art, language, In his book Art and Agency, Gell formulated an influential theory of art based on abductive reasoning. Gell argues . In his book, Art and agency, Alfred Gell presents a theory of art based neither on aes- thetics nor Gell sets out to provide an anthropological theory of art, rather.

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Can we discuss possibly his theory of the magical power of art-works and their efficacy in the context of the public sphere? Request removal from index. Why do we need to distance ourselves from aesthetic values of the works of art to be able to talk about them critically? Timothy Ingold – – Pragmatics and Cognitionpragmatics and Cognition 22 1: Can we apply this idea to the early Mesopotamian artifacts raised by our three authors, especially the Uruk vase?

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This page was last edited on 17 Decemberat Failed-Art and Failed Art-Theory. How valid are these categories? For him it comes to a stylistic virtuosity, able to get some sort of living presence responsereacting to works of art as if they were living beings or even people acting agencyentering into a personal relationship with them, triggering love, hate, desire anthropolpgical fear. He argues that existing anthropological and aesthetic theories take an overwhelmingly passive point of view, and questions the criteria that accord art status only to a certain class of objects and not to others.


How does this paradigm critique art appreciation? Art and Agency was completed just before Alfred Gell’s death at the age of 51 in January What is Wrong with an Art Forgery?: The best book by one of the leading anthropologists of his generation.

Art and Agency – Alfred Gell – Oxford University Press

Rob van Gerwen – – Contemporary Aesthetics 2. He shows how art objects embody complex intentionalities and mediate social agency, and he explores the psychology of patterns and perceptions, art and personhood, the control of knowledge, and the interpretation of meaning, drawing upon a wnd of artistic traditions–European, Indian, Polynesian, Melanesian, and Australian.

Gell taught at the London School of Economics, among other places. Defining the art object in his book Art and Agency, he gives the example of a fear-inducing shield p. To purchase, visit your preferred ebook provider. Do we agree on this at all? The anthropology of art is here reformulated as the anthropology of a category of action: I found Gell’s discussion of this knowledge sphere rather limited, except perhaps in the last section on the Trobriand Garden. Google Books no proxy Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University’s proxy server Configure custom proxy use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy.

Craft technologies are bodies of knowledge, socially shared and collectively geell and reproduced. Art and Agency was completed just before Alfred Gell’s death at the age of 51 in January He was also a Fellow of the British Academy.

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The Involution of the Index in the Art Nexus 5. Thinking Beyond the Head. Beautifully written, in a lively and erudite style. The Critique of the Index 7. Weiner – – Berg. Harold Osborne – – London: Malden, MA and Oxford: Gell writes “as a technical system, art is oriented towards the production of the social consequences which ensue from the production of these objects. The Art Nexus and the Index 4. The Civil Sphere Jeffrey C. The Work of Art as a Moral Agent.

The Distributed Person 8. Choose your country or region Close. In this way for Gell works of art, in all cultures, are able to create shared common sense, especially through reasoning with abductionwhich already in Aristotle is a less strong inference than ‘ induction and deductionmore intuitive and concise.

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Art and agency: Alfred Gell and the anthropological theory of artifacts

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I alfrex it quite intriguing, since this is one of the critical questions we have in front of us when dealing with the ancient world and the world of colonial Africa.