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    A commentary on Whitney Davis's essay 'Visuality and Vision: Questions for a Post-culturalist Art History' published in the same issue of Estetika.
  •  259
    The Substitution Principle Revisited
    Source: Notes in the History of Art 37 (3): 150-157. 2018.
    In their Anachronic Renaissance, Alexander Nagel and Christopher Wood identify two principles upon which, in fifteenth-century Europe, a work of art might establish its validity or authority: substitution and performance. It has become established wisdom that the dual schema of substitution and performance follows Hans Belting's dualism of the medieval cult of the image and the modern aesthetic system of art. This, I submit, is not just a mistake, but also prevents from evaluating one of the boo…Read more
  •  252
    Recent theories of art that subscribe to the view that art objects are agents enchanting their target audience, have tended to explain the operation of art objects as an agent–patient dynamic, a causal nexus of agency. They face a challenge, however, when they also aspire to embrace the idea – dominant in modernist and contemporary art theory – that the function of art is to unsettle its spectators’ habitual ways of perceiving and understanding, that is, to disenchant them: If artworks are to be…Read more
  •  164
    Art's Visual Efficacy: The Case of Anthony Forge's Abelam Corpus
    Res: Anthropology and Aesthetics 67 78-93. 2016/2017.
    This paper addresses the question of whether a general method is capable of accommodating the vast array of contexts in which art objects are studied. I propose a framework for such a general method, which is, however, limited to a specific research task: reconstructing the circumstances under which a culturally and/or temporally distant or “exotic” art object becomes interesting (or menacing) to look at. The proposed framework is applied to evaluate Anthony Forge’s essays on the visual art of t…Read more
  •  76
    Art and Bewilderment
    British Journal of Aesthetics 56 (2): 131-147. 2016.
    In this paper, I seek to defend the proposition that bewilderment can contribute to the interest we take in artworks. Taking inspiration from Alois Riegl’s underdeveloped explanation of why his contemporaries valued some historically distant artworks higher than recent art, I interpret the historical case of the European audiences’ fascination with the Fayum mummy portraits as involving such a bewilderment. I distinguish the claim about effective bewilderment from the thesis that aesthetic meani…Read more
  •  35
    Peter Osborne, Anywhere or Not at All: Philosophy of Contemporary Art (review)
    Estetika 51 (1): 155-161. 2014.
    A review of Peter Osborne´s Anywhere or Not at All: Philosophy of Contemporary Art (London: Verso, 2013, 282 pp. ISBN 978-1-78168-094-0)
  •  20
    Contribution to a Book Forum on Bence Nanay's Aesthetics as Philosophy of Perception (includes Nanay's response).
  •  13
    Substitution by Image: The Very Idea
    Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 77 (1): 55-66. 2019.
    The aim of this article is to provide a plausible conceptual model of a specific use of images described as substitution in recent art-historical literature. I bring to light the largely implicit shared commitments of the art historians’ discussion of substitution, each working as they do in a different idiom, and I draw consequences from these commitments for the concept of substitution by image—the major being the distinction between nonportraying substitution and substitution by portrayal. I …Read more
  •  9
    Janet Wolff: The Aesthetics of Uncertainty (review)
    Estetika 46 (2): 221-229. 2009.
    A review of Janet Wolff‘s The Aesthetics of Uncertainty (New York: Columbia University Press, 2008, ix + 183 pp. ISBN 978-0-231-14096-6).
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    The Aesthetic Dimension of Visual Culture (edited book)
    with Ondřej Dadejík
    Cambridge Scholars Press. 2010.