Babich: Van Gogh’s Museum and the Temple at Bassae

A colleague at Fordham University, Babette Babich, who I highly respect, has been updating her articles at Among these is the article linked below.

As I have been posting a lot of my favorite paintings as well as some good documentaries on my favorite artists, I thought I might also post some philosophy articles I am finding enjoyable. Babich’s article here was enlightening, vis. the “mandate of the museum” in the contemporary world of art.

Of course, I am but a humble anarchocynic, so the rigor of her elucidation had me stretching my intellect, but being mostly a lazy bear, it is good to get a long, stretch after a time of hybernation.

Art is, to say the least and to begin with, a contentious topic. Traditionally,philosophy seeks to demarcate art and truth. Varying such demarcational efforts, asking what art is, today’s analytic aesthetic philosophers ask when is art and where art is to be located. The what and the where of art are also the subject of art history, which is likewise concerned with demarcation in addition to the conditions and circumstances of the genesis of the work of art. Without touching too much on the sphere of art criticism or cultural theory, the place of art is defined as the museum, and the study and criticism of the museum and its culture has a history, a logic, and is accounted a theoretical subdiscipline all its own…

Yet, there is not a little dissonance in these correspondences and this same disharmonious communicative circumstance occasions this essay. For while there is much talk of inter- and cross-disciplinary practice and although boundary crossing is routine enough in effective or working scholarship, disciplinary transgressions are still corrected the old-fashioned way with the charge of incompetence.

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