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. L’objectif du dernier ouvrage d’Alfred Gell, achevĂ© juste avant sa disparition en , texte profus en passe de devenir un classique outre-Manche, est de. 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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It embodies the intellectual bravura, lively wit, vigour, and erudition for which he was admired, and will stand as an enduring testament to one of nad most gifted anthropologists of his generation.

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Alfred Gell, Art and Agency. An Anthropological Theory

He was also a Fellow of the British Academy. The Need for an Anthropology of Art 2. Gell shows how art objects embody complex intentionalities and mediate social agency. Social and cultural anthropology. Retrieved from ” https: 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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Alfred Gell

Part of a series on the Anthropology of artmediamusicdance and film Basic concepts. Foreword, Nicholas Thomas 1. In his book Art and AgencyGell formulated an influential theory of art based on abductive reasoning. Gavin Keeney – – Cambridge Scholars Press. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford.



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This page was last edited on 17 December annthropological, at Sign in Create an account. Art and Archaeology R. 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 anhhropological certain class of objects and not to others. What is Wrong with an Art Forgery?: In his seminal works, “The Enchantment of Technology and the Technology of Enchantment”and Art and Agency he draws together the ways of acting in idolatry, fetishism, and witchcraft with contemporary Western art to illustrate the commonalities in how objects mediate and act on social relations.


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No keywords specified fix it. The Involution of the Index in the Art Nexus 5. The Art Nexus and the Index 4. Polynesian Philosophy in Philosophical Traditions, Miscellaneous. Art can enchant the viewer, who is always a blind viewer, because “the technology of enchantment is founded on the enchantment of technology” the title of a previous essay on wlfred by Gell is The Technology of Enchantment and the Enchantment of Technology Art and Agency was completed just before Alfred Gell’s death at the age of 51 in January