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Arthur Dantos most interesting argument to me is that during the 20th century all art was not regarded as beautiful There became non-beautiful works of art Because of this point beauty is not necessary in defining something as art This allowed artists and non-artists to be inspired from external politics and world events It also allowed beauty to become a value that would define what a fully human life meant Since I am a political science major with a minor in studio art I find this argument to be the most compelling When I look at a piece of artwork the reason it is usually beautiful to me is because of the meaning behind it Though I do think that some art can be beautiful because of its composition and form I think that the most beautiful art derives from its specific origin In this paper I will give examples of different artworks that have touched me throughout my life in someway and in doing so also will provide examples that Danto has used as well Brillo soap pads were used for cleaning dishes Before the 1960s nobody in his or her right mind would have looked at a Brillo soap pad box as something beautiful In Arthur Dantos book The Abuse of Beauty he considers the question of what constitutes art He questions if the beauty of art is ultimately in the institution of the art world or that beauty could be interpreted differently if it was taken out of its content During the 1960s a division between fine art and vernacular art occurred Pop Art was born This type of art was an effort to overcome fineart Danto describes it asa genre of art and outdoor constructions made by untrained artists who do not recognize themselves as artistsDanto uses the aesthetics ofAndy Warhols Brillo Boxes as an example of this transition between modernism and post-modernism He suggests that two objects may look
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