This essay is a critical examination of David Carrier's Artwriting (1987), which offered a philosophical account of the implicit strategies of narrative and presentation deployed by a wide range of art historians and critics. Here, this author raises some questions concerning Carrier's attempt to describe or define a genre of 'art-writing' distinct from philosophical aesthetics; he also discusses Carrier's views in the context of those writers whom Carrier examines in Artwriting.
Copyright © 1992 MIT Press. This article first appeared in Leonardo 25, no. 2 (1992): 189. doi:10.2307/1575711.
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Shapiro, Gary. "Deaths of Art: David Carrier's Metahistory of Artwriting" Leonardo 25, no. 2 (1992): 189. doi:10.2307/1575711.