The Inapplicability of the Grand Narrative to Recent Art

Nicholas Wolterstorff

in Art Rethought

Published in print September 2015 | ISBN: 9780198747758
Published online September 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780191810671 | DOI:
The Inapplicability of the Grand Narrative to Recent Art

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This chapter and the next offer reasons for rejecting the grand narrative. This chapter employs Hans Belting’s book, Art History after Modernism, to argue that the grand narrative is inapplicable to a good deal of the art that has emerged in recent years within the visual art world. In many cases, the works presented for viewing are not works of the arts. And there have been deliberate attempts to break down the divide between art and ordinary life; often what is presented for viewing is patently not socially other and transcendent. Belting argues that these changes in the art world spell the end of art history as traditionally practiced.

Keywords: art and ordinary life; grand narrative; Hans Belting; visual art world

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Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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