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Biggers questions

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Jeff Young (Jyoung)
Tue, 9 Dec 1997 10:06:57 CST6CDT

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I've been off the list for a few months, boy the mail has grown.

I have a question about symbolism for John Biggers (if that
communication line is still open with Nancy at NTIEVA)
for which I would also like to elicit responses from the group.

I know Mr. Biggers's work is loaded with symbolism. To me there is
great enjoyment in discovering aspects of that symbolism when I show
his images to my students and when I read his responses to previous
sets of questions listed here (I only saw the last one). This
discovery process involves much "looking" at the artwork over and
over again.

A friend of mine gave me a copy of Arthur Danto's first chapter of
After the End of Art. In it Mr. Danto states that "Whatever art is,
it is no longer something primarily to be looked at." This seems to
me to suggest no longer poring over possible meanings of symbolism in
works of art, or appreciating their beauty, or .....

Could Mr. Biggers and others respond to this query?

Thank you.


Jeff Young
Assistant Professor, Art Education
University of Central Arkansas
Department of Art
201 Donaghey
Conway, AR 72035

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