Arthur Coleman Danto papers

Collection ID:
Danto, Arthur Coleman, 1924-
Physical Description:
0.8 Linear feet

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Correspondence; notes; writings; articles; exhibition announcements and invitations; catalog; printed matter; and monographs. Letters from artists, Audrey Flack, Guerilla Girls, Dick Higgins, Robert Mangold, Cindy Sherman, among others, 1981-1997. Numerous letters from Robert Motherwell; a booklet, L'Humanisme De L'Abstraction" by Robert Motherwell, inscribed: "For Arthur Danto With Great Esteem, Robert Motherwell," 1991 (text in French). Typescripts (and chapter drafts) for The Transfiguration of the Commonplace, 1979, and The State of the Art 1987; and miscellaneous writings, 1988-1989. Also included are THE TRANSFIGURATION OF THE COMMONPLACE, (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1981), and THE STATE OF THE ART, (NY: Prentice Hall Press, 1987).

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Art critic; New York, N.Y. Danto was Johnsonian Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University. Since 1984, he has been art critic for The Nation.

Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated 1998 by Arthur C. Danto.

Using the Collection
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