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On the Origins of Art | Steven Pinker, Geoffrey Miller, Brian Boyd, Mark Changizi | "the web of art, like the web of life, has evolution at its genesis"

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On the Origins of Art | Steven Pinker, Geoffrey Miller, Brian Boyd, Mark Changizi | "the web of art, like the web of life, has evolution at its genesis"

115.00

Published by the Museum of Old and New Art November 2016

300 x 250 mm, hardcover/boxed edition, 492 pages, colour throughout

ISBN 9780992419295

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'I'm not trying to show that art is this or that thing. And I'm not trying to show that we make art for this or that reason. For the moment I'm just trying to show that art is a complex thing and its characteristics multifarious. Curators, typically, weave a cultural web. But the web of art, like the web of life, has evolution at its genesis. Let's see if those who have insights into evolution can tease out something about the nature of art. If they can, we should see a good show. Because sometimes newcomers to a field, virgins if you will, make it feel shiny and new.'  David Walsh

Essays by: Steven Pinker, 'Art Because We Can'; Geoffrey Miller, 'Art to Attract Mates'; Brian Boyd, 'Art as Controlled Play'; Mark Changizi 'Art and Nature-Harnessing'.