The Powers of Presence
Consciousness, Myth, and Affecting PresenceUniversity of Pennsylvania Press Anniversary Collection Anniversary Collection
Chiefly considering African and Upper Paleolithic work, Armstrong demonstrates that concepts of beauty, truth, and excellence are irrelevant in developing the aesthetic of a specific culture. By developing a unique aesthetic typology, he offers a reinterpretation of non-Western art that integrates human consciousness and its reification as art. More than eighty handsome photographs and drawings are included.
"The culmination of what will go down in history as one of the most distinguished trilogies in the history of aesthetics."—Robert Farris Thompson, Yale University