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FEBRUARY 2020

FloArts presents exhibit “The Critic as Artist: Images from the Mediterranean” by Arthur C. Danto

Visual artist Arthur Danto painting
Visual artist Arthur Danto

The Florida School of the Arts (FloArts) presents the visual arts exhibition “The Critic as Artist: Images from the Mediterranean” by world-renowned art critic and philosopher Arthur C. Danto. Free and open to the public, the exhibit will be on display at FloArts’ Fine Arts Gallery located at the Palatka campus of St. Johns River State College (SJR State) from March 5 to April 14. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

“The Critic as Artist…” opens with a reception on Thursday, March 5 at 7:00 p.m. Danto’s daughter, Ginger, will give a brief overview of the collection and share recollections of her late father’s life from the 1960s when Danto created the paintings and drawings featured in this exhibit while on sabbatical in Europe with his young family. According to Gallery Coordinator Sarah Alexander, “The watercolors in this collection were made while Danto was in the south of France, and the pen and ink drawings while he was in Rome. They are from a private family collection and have only been shown one other time, after his death in 2013. They were shown in China at a symposium dedicated to him and his work.”

Prior to Danto becoming a philosopher, university scholar and world-renowned art critic, he was a visual artist, and his initial career informed all subsequent careers as he continued to see the world through the eyes of an artist.

Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1924, Danto was a student of art and art history at Wayne State University and completed his graduate studies in philosophy at Columbia University, where he began teaching in 1951 until his retirement in 1992. He also earned his doctorate at Columbia and was named Johnsonian Professor Emeritus of Philosophy. Danto’s background also includes a Fullbright grant in Paris, studying with French phenomenological philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty.

Danto authored approximately 30 books on art and critical theory, including “After the End of Art.” He admired classical artists and was an art critic for “The Nation” magazine from 1984 to 2009. Many of Danto’s prints and original woodblocks were donated to the Wayne State University Art Collection in 2010.

In the words of Danto, “There is so much ingenious work, so much intelligence, so much dedication, and really so much high-mindedness in the art world that, were it shared by the rest of the world, we would have entered a golden age.”

Florida School of the Arts, which serves the entire state of Florida, is part of the academic and administrative structure of SJR State and awards associate degrees in acting, dance performance, musical theater, stage management, theater technology, graphic design/new media and studio art. For more information, call (386) 312-4300 or visit www.floarts.org.


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The visual arts exhibit “The Critic as Artist: Images from the Mediterranean” by world-renowned art critic and philosopher Arthur C. Danto opens with a reception on Thursday, March 5 at 7:00 p.m. at FloArts’ Fine Arts Gallery located at the Palatka campus of St. Johns River State College (SJR State). The exhibit will be on display through April 14. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.



 

 

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