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‘What is Art?’

16 Nov 2017

Regular opening hours

Monday
10:00 – 20:00
Tuesday
10:00 – 20:00
Wednesday
10:00 – 20:00
Thursday
10:00 – 20:00
Friday
10:00 – 20:00
Saturday
10:00 – 17:00
Sunday
Closed

Cost of entry

Free

Westminster Reference Library

London
England, United Kingdom

Travel Information

  • Tube: Charing X / Leicester Square
  • Charing Cross

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‘What is Art?’ Join artist and writer Robert Good for a humorous, lively and inspiring new approach to this question.

About

This event will mark the launch of a new book, ‘A New Dictionary of Art’, a Dictionary with a bit of a twist, it contains over 3000 definitions of ‘Art’ compiled from the internet via chat-rooms and discussion forums as well as from more established authorities, artists and institutions. Passions run high as formal sits alongside informal, jocular alongside vulgar.

The evening will start with a short talk and reading followed by Q&A and a little book signing. Come along expecting to hear a new take on an old question!

To find out more about the book read on...

A New Dictionary of Art - One word: 3,000 definitions.

Both splendid and splendidly bonkers”- Professor Derek Matravers, philosopher

The definition of ‘Art’ has exercised philosophers, artists and art-lovers for centuries, yet we are no nearer a consensus of what in fact it is. The one term not found in most dictionaries of art is the term ‘Art’ itself.

A New Dictionary of Art takes a refreshingly alternative approach, allowing you to take your pick from over 3,000 definitions compiled from the internet via chat-rooms and discussion forums as well as from more established authorities, artists and institutions. Passions run high as formal sits alongside informal, jocular alongside vulgar: all are left to fight it out on the page.

Each entry is carefully alphabetised and has been valiantly edited and annotated for accuracy and completeness to the point of absurdity. By retaining the format and formality of a dictionary in this way, A New Dictionary of Art acknowledges with humour our continuing desire for absolute knowledge and certainty.

The result is a streetwise cacophony of creativity and a wonderful and energizing summation of all the potentials that art can be.

Weirdly but powerfully provocative... one of the most useful things I’ve read in a while” - John Clark, painter

Editor: Robert Good, Design: Jane Glennie  - Published by Peculiarity Press

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