ARTHUR C. DANTO Biography - Educators, philosophers & public speakers


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Arthur C. Danto was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1924, and grew up in Detroit.       
After spending two years in the Army, Danto studied art and history at Wayne           
University (now Wayne State University) and then at Columbia University.               
From 1949 to 1950, Danto studied in Paris on a Fulbright scholarship, and in           
1951 returned to teach at Columbia, where he is currently Johnsonian Professor         
of Philosophy.                                                                         
Since 1984, he has been art critic for The Nation, and in addition to his many         
books on philosophical subjects, he has published several collections of art           
criticism, including Encounters and Reflections: Art in the Historical Present (Farrar, 
Straus & Giroux, 1990), which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for           
Criticism; Beyond the Brillo Box: The Visual Arts in Post-Historical Perspective       
(Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1992); Playing With the Edge: The Photographic               
Achievement of Robert Mapplethorpe (University of California, 1995); and, most         
recently, The Madonna of the Future: Essays in a Pluralistic Art World (Farrar,         
Straus & Giroux, 2000). He lives in New York City.