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Special Edition Editorial: What work does the artwork do? A question for art

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This article acts as an introduction to the other articles in this special edition of the journal devoted to the question: What work does the artwork do? It explores the advantages of this question over the definitional What is art? question as a vehicle for debating the roles and purposes of artworks the work artworks do for arts practitioners in particular. Given the care needed in the forming of questions (since the work questions do is conditioned by such as implicit/explicit epistemological considerations), it raises as an issue to be considered and attended to, the matter of the work questions do and, the questions the could usefully be posed and debated in relation to art practices.

Keywords: Questions; art practice; artwork; definition; naturalised epistemology

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/jvap.6.1.5_2

Affiliations: London Metropolitan University.

Publication date: May 10, 2007

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  • The domain of visual art hosts a multitude of artistic forms and practices. The Journal of Visual Art Practice supports research across the entire range of this varied field. The journal engages with the progressive nature of the subject, reflecting upon the changing terrain of art in recent years.
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