Trust and the appreciation of art

Abrahams, D. and Kemp, G. (2022) Trust and the appreciation of art. Ratio, 35(2), pp. 133-145. (doi: 10.1111/rati.12326)

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Abstract

Does trust play a significant role in the appreciation of art? If so, how does it operate? We argue that it does, and that the mechanics of trust operate both at a general and a particular level. After outlining the general notion of ‘art-trust’—the notion sketched is consistent with most notions of trust on the market—and considering certain objections to the model proposed, we consider specific examples to show in some detail that the experience of works of art, and the attribution of art-relevant properties or characterisations to works of art, very often involves the notion of trust; in such cases—perhaps most or even, implicitly, all—the question ‘Do I trust the artist (or art-maker)?’, is inescapable.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Abrahams, Daniel and Kemp, Dr Gary
Authors: Abrahams, D., and Kemp, G.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Philosophy
Journal Name:Ratio
Publisher:Wiley
ISSN:0034-0006
ISSN (Online):1467-9329
Published Online:19 October 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 John Wiley and Sons Ltd
First Published:First published in Ratio 35(2): 133-145
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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