Stecker, Ch 10 Artistic Value

Stecker's analysis of Willem de Kooning's Untitled III (1977)


Essentialist and non-essentialist conception of value of artworks

Artistic value as (identical to) aesthetic value which is identical to the aesthetic experience we get from art 187 (Malcolm Budd's view)

UNIQUE VALUE (Is art and its value replaceable and dispensable or not?)

  • Essentialists argue that art's value must be unique in order to avoid replaceability
  • If value artworks offer could be offered by other things
  • Replaceability fear seems well founded: Other things besides art can do what art does
  • Response to replaceability fear:
  • Dispensable fear