Abstract

Denis Dutton’s The Art Instinct provides a useful framework for analyzing the aesthetics of the Ainu, a small-scale society in northern Japan. In a recent study at Hokkaido University, Ainu artists replicated old, museum-quality Ainu works and reported on their selection, study of the works, replication processes, and discussions with other artists. The replication illustrates the importance of intention in determining the authenticity of works of art, while the artists’ comments demonstrate the applicability of all twelve of Dutton’s “twelve characteristics of art,” and reinforce his conclusion that native viewers of art bring important insights to the perception of artworks.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-329X
Print ISSN
0190-0013
Pages
pp. A48-A59
Launched on MUSE
2014-11-13
Open Access
No
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