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ERIC Number: EJ868007
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-0039-3541
Response to Tavin's "The Magical Quality of Aesthetics"
Carter, Mary C.
Studies in Art Education: A Journal of Issues and Research in Art Education, v50 n4 p400-404 2009
In this commentary, I argue that Kevin Tavin's (2008) use of Lacan's "objet a" in his "Studies in Art Education" commentary "The Magical Quality of Aesthetics" is not a helpful analogy or solution for art education's search for the role of aesthetics. I offer that a pragmatist and dialogic viewpoint may be more useful and, because it describes the phenomenological experience of meaning and value, I also suggest it as a way of viewing aesthetics itself. This argument is supported with two examples: the covering of the "Guernica" tapestry at the United Nations during Colin Powell's presentation in 2003, and Darryl McDaniels' (co-founder of Run-D.M.C.) experience with Sara McLachlan's song "In the Arms of an Angel." (Contains 3 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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