Project 1: Art and Ideas – Exercise 3

Notes below are all on reading the extract from ‘Art History: The Basics by Grant Pooke and Diana Newall, 2008, Abingdon:Routledge’.

New Words List:

Acquiescence – 

verb (used without object), acquiesced, acquiescing.

to assent tacitly; submit or comply silently or without protest; agree;consent:

to acquiesce halfheartedly in a business plan.

Duplicity – 

noun, plural duplicities for 2, 3.

deceitfulness in speech or conduct, as by speaking or acting in twodifferent ways to different people concerning the same matter; double-dealing.


an act or instance of such deceitfulness.

Arbitrary –



founded on or subject to personal whims, prejudices, etc; capricious

having only relative application or relevance; not absolute

(of a government, ruler, etc) despotic or dictatorial

‘The academy’? – 


Hegemonic – 


having hegemony, or dominance:

the ruling party’s hegemonic control of all facets of society.
Hegemony –
noun, plural hegemonies.

leadership or predominant influence exercised by one nation overothers, as in a confederation.

leadership; predominance.

(especially among smaller nations) aggression or expansionism by large nations in an effort to achieve world domination.

Theories or Concepts to research:

What is the ‘Institutional Theory of Art’?

A little bit of ‘research’, by that I mean googling, leads me to some websites, one a postgraduate research piece about ‘The Artworld and The Institutional Theory of Art: an Analytic Confrontation, by Massimiliano Lacertosa’, see link below:

And the other the Standford Encylopedia of Philosophy, see link below:

Both note two philosophers, Arthur Danto & George Dickie, as theorists of Art who offer more modern ideas on art. One Arthur Danto is the founder of Insitutional Art theories – seems to be concerned with how art institutions create a sense of culture which influences the work of artists.

I leave my research there because I’m not sure these are good sources or not! I’m going to buy the Tate Guide to Modern Art Terms and see if that helps…

Interesting to see the distinguishing of craft from art. Also to read that, that distinction was clearer in previous periods than now, where perhaps our definition of art has become so broad that it’s too encompassing and maybe we’ve lowered the standards.


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