PROBLEMS OF ART by Susanne K. Langer


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This is an extremely serious, and forbiddingly highbrow, work on aesthetics. It discusses all the arts, painting, sculpture, poetry, dancing, their relation to each other and to ""form"" in general; it raises the question of whether the arts have a real cultural value, or add merely a decorative ""frill"" to society. All this and much more is analyzed, often in abstruse terms and with an obvious erudition. Philosophers, professors, aestheticians may join her in this critical inquiry- but the general reader, interested in looking at pictures or listening to music perhaps with greater intelligence and discrimination, will not be- to use the author's own word- ""expressive"".

Pub Date: May 16th, 1957
Publisher: Scribner