Two and a half months ago, I started the Terms of Art series. Every weekday (minus a one-week intermission), I posted a key term from aesthetics and philosophy of art, which sometimes leaned more philosophical and other times more toward the art world and art criticism.
To select the Top 50, I used a mix of crowd-sourcing (thanks to everyone who helped with this!) and personal reflection. I thought about central concepts my students have wanted to know about or been confused about. I thought about terms I remember not understanding when I first started reading art criticism and artists’ statements. I also included terms that I have continued to be confused about in other areas of aesthetics and philosophy of art. So in many ways, this series has been as much for me as for any of you. (Also it’s a quarantine project, so really it has been a LOT for me. So much the better if you all got something out of it!)
You can browse through them all here. But a quick reference, I’m including below a list of what I guess are my Top 50 Terms of Art.
Week 1: Big picture terms
Week 2: More big picture terms
Week 3: Getting a bit more technical
Week 4: Important -isms
Week 5: Art world terms
Week 6: Particular aesthetic concepts
Week 7: Artists and authors
Week 8: A grab bag (or, some slogans and then stuff about representing and copying)
Week 9: Another grab bag
Week 10: A final grab bag containing some of the trickiest terms