Artistic Visions and the Promise of Beauty: Cross-Cultural Perspectives – eBook PDF
Artistic Visions and the Promise of Beauty (PDF) examines the motives behind rejections of beauty regularly found within modern art practice, where much critically acclaimed art is deliberately alienating and ugly. It shows the nature and value of beauty, asking whether beauty still has a future in art and what part it can play in our lives generally. The volume discusses the possible “end of art,” what art is, and the association between art and beauty beyond their traditionally Western horizons to include viewpoints from Asia.
The individual chapters address several interrelated issues, including art, beauty, and the sacred; beauty as a source of joy and consolation; beauty and the human form; the role of curatorial practice in defining art; beauty as a bridge between the natural and the human; order and creativity; and the distinction between art and craft. The volume provides a valuable addition to cross-cultural dialogue and, in particular, to the scarce literature on art and beauty in a comparative context. It shows the relevance of the rich custom of Asian aesthetics and the energetic practices of contemporary art in Asia to Western discussions about the prospect of art and the role of beauty.
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