Trwanie plamy i migotanie linii. Przestrzeń i czas w grafikach Arthura C. Danto
The Presence of the Stain and the Glittering of the Line. Space and Time in Graphics by Arthur C. Danto
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The woodcuts of Arthur C. Danto remain overshadowed by his work as a philosopher, aesthetician and art critic. The present article addresses several formal aspects of these woodcuts, beginning with an analysis of the graphic line and the way in which these lines are composed of stains, the suggestion of space appearing at the edge of the line, the relationship between the amount of time invested in the making of a woodcut and the time taken up by its perception as well as the aesthetic motifs of the Far East, especially in terms of the spontaneity of the artistic act set against the time-consuming and disciplined production of a woodcut block. The text refrains from analysing the relationship between Danto’s philosophical theorising and his artistic work and instead identifies particular technical characteristics of his work that may constitute a starting point for a general aesthetic reflection on his woodcuts and, subsequently, on the relationship between the act of creating and the act of philosophising.
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