The Uses of Reason in the Evaluation of Artworks

Commentaries on the Turner Prize

  • LesĀ Gillon

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Les Gillon
    Pages 15-48
  3. Les Gillon
    Pages 49-71
  4. Les Gillon
    Pages 73-100
  5. Les Gillon
    Pages 101-126
  6. Les Gillon
    Pages 127-147
  7. Les Gillon
    Pages 149-160
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 161-163

About this book


This book uses an examination of the annual Turner Prize to defend the view that the evaluation of artworks is a reason-based activity, notwithstanding the lack of any agreed criteria for judging excellence in art. It undertakes an empirical investigation of actual critical practice as evident within published commentaries on the Prize in order to examine and test theories of critical evaluation, including the ideas of Noel Carroll, Frank Sibley, Kendall Walton and Suzanne Langer. Case studies of work by Turner Prize winners such as Steve McQueen, Martin Creed, Tomma Abts are used to explore definitions of art and concepts of artistic value and meaning. The book will be of interest to academics in the fields of aesthetics, contemporary art and cultural studies, but also to practitioners working in the arts, media and education.


Turner Prize Modern Art Aesthetics Critical Evaluation Conceptual Art

Authors and affiliations

  • LesĀ Gillon
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Film, Media and PerformanceUniversity of Central Lancashire School of Film, Media and PerformancePrestonUnited Kingdom

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