There is controversy about whether the proper point of emphasis for understanding and evaluating art is (a) the characteristics of the art-object itself, (b) the characteristics of the artist, or (c) the characteristics of the appreciator’s experience. Compose a well-written, 1200-1500 word essay arguing in support of one of these positions. This essay should demonstrate a clear understanding of the course materials from Modules 10 and 11. Each of the three approaches to evaluating art should be described completely. Make sure to identify the writer that you think best demonstrates each approach. Your own position should be stated clearly and defended with careful argumentation. You will be evaluated according to the standards described in the attached form.
EVALUATION FORM FOR HOMEWORK #4:
APPROACHES TO EVALUATING ART
(1) Does the essay present a complete and charitable account of each of the main positions described in the text, including
(a) artist-centered approach
(b) art-centered approach
(c) appreciator-centered approach
(2) Does the essay show a good general grasp of the course material relevant to the subject, including a clear identification of which writers represent each of the approaches listed above?
QUALITY OF THINKING
(1) Does the essay provide a critical analysis of the positions, including a clear statement of the weaknesses of each approach?
(2) Does the essay clearly state a position on the debate over (a)-(c) and provide a well reasoned argument for that position?
QUALITY OF COMMUNICATION
From the standpoint of English composition, is this a worthy example of graduate-level writing?