Art and Agency: An Anthropological Theory. Alfred Gell. New York: Oxford University Press, Volume , Issue 4.
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Please review our Terms and Conditions of Use and check box below to share full-text version of article. Volume , Issue 4 December Pages Art works thus considered are the equivalents of persons, more particularly social agents. The anthropology of art is here reformulated as the anthropology of a category of action: Gell shows how art objects embody complex intentionalities and mediate social agency.
He explores the psychology of patterns and perceptions, art and personhood, the control of knowledge, and the interpretation of meaning, drawing upon a diversity of artistic traditions. The reading group will go deep inside of the main arguments stressed out by Gell, inquiring both anthropological and artistic issues. Coote, A. Appadurai, The Social Life of things: commodities in cultural perspective , Cambridge University press,