David Davies, art as performance

In his absorbing book Art as Performance, <span class='Hi'>David</span> Davies argues that artworks should be identified, not with artistic products such as paintings or novels, but instead with the artistic actions or processes that produced such items. Such a view had an earlier incarnation in Currie’s widely criticized “action type hypothesis” (Currie, An Ontology of Art, 1989), but Davies argues that it is instead action tokens rather than types with which artworks should be identified. This rich and complex work repays the closest study in spite of some basic objections to be raised concerning Davies’s central concept of an action token.
Keywords Art as Performance  David Davies  Action token hypothesis
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DOI 10.1111/j.0021-8529.2005.00183.x
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