12 Facts About Arthur Danto


Arthur Coleman Danto was an American art critic, philosopher, and professor at Columbia University.


Arthur Danto was best known for having been a long-time art critic for The Nation and for his work in philosophical aesthetics and philosophy of history, though he contributed significantly to a number of fields, including the philosophy of action.


Arthur Danto's interests included thought, feeling, philosophy of art, theories of representation, philosophical psychology, Hegel's aesthetics, and the philosophers Friedrich Nietzsche and Jean-Paul Sartre.


Arthur Danto then pursued graduate study in philosophy at Columbia University.


From 1949 to 1950, Arthur Danto studied in Paris on a Fulbright scholarship under Jean Wahl, and in 1951 returned to teach at Columbia.


Arthur Danto was twice awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


Arthur Danto died on October 25,2013, aged 89 in Manhattan, New York City.


Arthur Danto laid the groundwork for an institutional definition of art that sought to answer the questions raised by the emerging phenomenon of twentieth-century art.


Arthur Danto wrote on this subject in several of his works and a detailed treatment is to be found in Transfiguration of the Commonplace.


Arthur Danto describes the history of Art in his own contemporary version of Hegel's dialectical history of art.


Arthur Danto was an art critic for The Nation from 1984 to 2009, and published numerous articles in other journals.


Arthur Danto was one of the signers of the Humanist Manifesto.