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L'interprétation comme activité : matérialité et signification d'une oeuvre

Abstract : This article addresses the interpretations of art works, according not to their contents but to their functions. The first function is intellectualization, rather than a sensitive or sensorial relationship to the art work. The second function is valorisation, since the construction of an enigma surrounding the work understates that the latter carries something more than its very materiality. The third function is justification, when the work is submitted to critics which cannot be dismissed by a purely aesthetical argument, then bringing up the “hermeneutic register”. Each of those three possibilities is illustrated by examples taken out of the history of western painting, the history of modem art and the sociology of contemporary art.
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Léonie Hénaut. L'interprétation comme activité : matérialité et signification d'une oeuvre. Sociologie de l'art, L'Harmattan, 2009, pp.15 - 34. ⟨hal-02877292⟩



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