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theory of art

Institutional theory of art

Institutional theory of art is a theory about the nature of art. The theory was first put forward by George Dickie in his book Art and the Aesthetic: An Institutional Analysis (1974). Dickie's first attempt to define a work of art reads: "an [original] artifact with a set of the aspects of which has had conferred upon it the status of candidate for appreciation by some person or persons acting on behalf of a certain social institution (the artworld)."

Dickie stated and restated the theory in two books: Art and the Aesthetic: An Institutional Analysis. Ithaca: NY: Cornell UP, 1974. Art Circle: A Theory of Art. Chicago: Spectrum Press, 1997.

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