Artibus et Historiae no. 5 (III)

1982, ISSN 0391-9064

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DAVID ROSAND - Semiotics and the Critical Sensibility: Observations on the Example of Meyer Schapiro

Originally published, with a slightly different title, in an issue of Social Research (XLV, 1978) dedicated to the work of Meyer Schapiro, this essay attempts to assess certain aspects of Schapiro's contribution and their relevance as models for the study of art. Among the aspects singled out are: the relationship between his studies of past and present art, between his scholarship and learning, on the one hand, and his critical commitment, on the other; his fundamental respect for the work of art and for the artist, for the freedom of artistic exploration and inventiveness, which underlies the basic humanism of Schapiro's critical approach and system of values.

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