Arthur C. Danto
philosopher and art critic
Birthplace: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Philosophy professor at Columbia University (1966–87) whose major works include Nietzsche as Philosopher (1965) and Connection to the World: The Basic Concept of Philosophy. A painter before he was a philosopher, Danto is also known for his philosophical consideration of modern art. His contributions to art criticism include numerous reviews and books, namely The State of the Art (1987) and Robert Mapplethorpe (1992).