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Aesthetic Theories

Expressionist Artworks are valuable, have merit, or are significant because they convey or evoke feelings or moods.
Instrumentalist Artworks are valuable, have merit, or are significant because of what they do. They perform something thought to be an importand function. An artwork might be persuasive in getting people to think or behave in certain ways.
Formalist Artworks are valuable....because of the way they are arranged or formed. The parts of the work fit together well so that when people see it, they respond in a positive way. The message of the artwork is far less significant than the arrangement of parts
Imitationist Artworks are valuable, have merit or are significant because they show objects or situations in ways that they actually exist in the real world.
Institutionalist Something is called an artwork because the artist intends for it to be an artwork. The artist places the work in a context in which people who work with art (curators, critics, art historians, and so on) will see it and treat it as art.
Linguistic Tied to "language communities" or cultures. Art, like language, depends on systems of symbols. We understand it according to how familiar we are with the symbols that it contains. Emphasis is on how it is we express and interpret meaning in art.
Created by: artgirljan