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Postmodern Anxiety & the Aesthetics of Destruction - Postmodern Anxiety & the Aesthetics of Destruction To borrow a term from the seminal postmodern scholarship of Ihab Hassan, we are living in a moment of indeterminacy. As linearity went the way of modernism, today's culture is one of interconnectivity, webs and networks. We privilege teamwork, democracy, easy and equal access to knowledge above all else. Aesthetics of art and the rhetoric of corporation (that is in turn borrowed from artistic practices) are changing as a result. Formalism has given way to more open creativity....   [tags: Aesthetics Information Essays]
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Aesthetics - When questioning something as controversial as the possibility of a standard of aesthetic judgment, one must take into account the many different perspectives that already exist on the matter. For centuries now, some of the greatest philosophers such as David Hume and Immanuel Kant have attempted to answer this timeless question. However, understandings and interpretations of art are constantly evolving. This has made a clear concise answer difficult to find. Throughout this essay, I will discuss previous opinions and beliefs on the matter, primarily focusing on the ides of philosopher David Hume, then touching on Noel Carroll’s critique of Hume’s philosophy, and then go into further detail...   [tags: David Hume, Immanuel Kant, Philosophy]
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The Aesthetics of an Education - The Aesthetics of an Education Consequently, it appears that an education that overlooks the critical mechanics of the language from where all knowledge is derived exists in vain. The Aesthetics of an Education is a critical summary of the essay entitled, "Defending against the In defendable," by Neil Postman. An exceptional English language understanding is essential to education in the American school system. Although the school systems' intent is closer to induction of students to politics....   [tags: Papers] 949 words
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Henrik Ibsen: His Two Aesthetics - Henrik Ibsen was born in March of 1828 in the town of Skien, Norway. Ibsen spent most of his young life in poverty. At 16 years old, he moved to the town of Grimstad to apprentice for a future in pharmacy. Although Ibsen did not succeed in pharmacy school, his time spent in Grimstad still had importance because it was here that Ibsen discovered his knack for poetry. After spending several years in Grimstad learning and reading, Ibsen thought it time to head to Christiania. His intensions were to take entrance examinations for University in hopes to start his journey in career in literature....   [tags: Biography, Writer]
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Art and Aesthetics - Art and Aesthetics Art is usually referred to as the visual arts, where a piece of work is judged through the aesthetics in which it creates. However, art refers to all human endeavors, including the product of oneÂ’s creative impulse. In other words, art does not have to be innovative to be good. I believe art is the communication of an idea, be it visual, musical, communicative or other. Art is the interplay between the conscious and unconscious part of our being, between what is real and what is an illusion; it is the voice of our soul through color and form in a constant search for connection with something beyond....   [tags: Art] 1094 words
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Aesthetics Of Aging - An Aesthetics Of Aging Recall, reader if ever in the mountains a mist has caught you, through which you could not see except as moles do through skin … Dante, Comedy1 ARGUMENT: THE RELEASE FROM THE BODILY EGO Many recent studies on visual culture highlight the representation of the body in photography as a signifier of social constructions. Photography however has always played an important part in the construction of the subject, a perspective that I suggest in what follows, one that combines analytical concepts with aspects of the phenomenology of perception, indispensable for the understanding of art works and of our relation to them....   [tags: Age Aging Visual]
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Aesthetics - Aesthetics Kant defined aesthetic as both, “the analysis of taste and the analysis of sensible cognition or intuition” . Aesthesis, means “sensation”, the Greeks made a distinction between aesthesis autophues (natural sensation) and aesthesis epistemonike (acquired sensation). We may say that aesthetics is both the study of aesthetic objects and of the specific and subjective reactions of observers, readers, or audiences to the work of art. Aesthetics is necessarily interdisciplinary and may be interpretive, prescriptive, descriptive, or a combination of these....   [tags: Art] 936 words
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The Aesthetics of Passion and Betrayal - The Aesthetics of Passion and Betrayal In The Passion of Joan of Arc, Carl Theodor Dreyer uses the visuality of spatial relationships in each shot with the human face and its ability to convey unspoken emotion in his portrayal of the demise of Joan of Arc. Unlike most film, the message is almost entirely told by just the eyes and expressions of the actors. There is very little reliance upon props and background. The camera angles and close-up shooting accentuate emotions and reactions. The editing style is almost methodic in keeping the emotional pace; it is much like an argument, alternating images of Joan’s tenacity, and the judges’ contempt....   [tags: essays papers]
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The Aesthetics of Pop Music - “It All Sounds The Same These Days!”      In just about every home in America at just about any given time the words: “It all sounds the same these days!” is uttered to a teenage child, while the mother is screaming “Turn it down!” in the background. The teenager storms to his bedroom and turns the radio up to full volume and thinks, “They just don’t get it!” Then proceeds to dance around the room singing into the hairbrush. This is the pleasure principal of pop music. Whether accredited to innocence or ignorance, a unreconciled naivety has survived this culture since its inception....   [tags: Popular Music] 599 words
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Ludwig Wittgenstein: Aesthetics and Beauty - I disagree with Ludwig Wittgenstein when he states that aesthetics “draws one’s attention to certain features, to place things side by side so as to exhibit these features” because of the logic that gives birth to the thoughts that led to this statement. This logic questions the ability of a person to ascertain what “beauty” is, what contains the quality known as “beauty”, and the levels of beauty and how they can be measured and compared. Wittgenstein uses the metaphor of games to illustrate his points regarding aesthetics and beauty....   [tags: Ludwig Wittgenstein] 763 words
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A Brief History of Aesthetics - A Brief History of Aesthetics Aesthetics is the theoretical study of the arts and related types of behavior and experience. It is traditionally regarded as a branch of philosophy, concerned with the understanding of beauty and its manifestations in art and nature. However, in the latter 20th century there developed a tendency to treat it as an independent science, concerned with investigating the phenomena of art and its place in human life. Yet, what in a field with a hazy line in between being classified as a science or study of beliefs is considered data for determining what can be studied....   [tags: essays papers] 1442 words
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Aesthetics of Shock in Wordsworth - Aesthetics of Shock in Wordsworth What say you, then, to times when half the city shall break out Full of one passion, vengeance, rage, or fear. To executions, to a street on fire, Mobs, riots, or rejoicing. From those sights Take one,--an annual festival, the Fair... --William Wordsworth, The Prelude (7:644-49). Walter Benjamin writes that, at the turn of the nineteenth century, "fear, revulsion and horror were the emotions which the big-city crowd aroused in those who first observed it" (174)....   [tags: Politics Charles Baudelaire Walter Benjamin Ess]
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Digital Image and How Can dDgital Aesthetics Be Described - Where the digital represents exact order and precise control of virtual realities through mathematical dualities as symbolized in binary code or machine language, the "glitch" in digital art is an example of chaos in order, or the moment of singularity as expressed by space, time, & mind in the image. Olga Goriunova and Alexei Shulgin define the glitch as being symbolic of the first generation of web art or net art, the artistic expression of the global underground community in the dot.com era of the early internet’s birth and expansion....   [tags: technology]
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Appeal to Aesthetics in Death in Venice - In the late 19th century decadence was a tremendously popular theme in European literature. In addition, the degeneracy of the individual and society at large was represented in numerous contemporary works by Mann. In Death in Venice, the theme of decadence caused by aestheticism appears through Gustav von Achenbach’s eccentric, specifically homoerotic, feelings towards a Polish boy named Tadzio. Although his feelings spring from a sound source, the boy’s aesthetic beauty, Aschenbach becomes decadent in how excessively zealous his feelings are, and his obsession ultimately leads to his literal and existential destruction....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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The History of Human Beauty - Throughout history, civilizations have admired the beauty that the world has presented, but isn’t beauty held in the eye of the beholder. The word can be used to describe a variety of things. It can describe places, animals, objects, people and even ideas. However, the one beauty our society embraces today is human beauty. Because the perception of beauty differs from person to person, different ideas of beauty developed throughout history, which in turn formed standards for human beauty, and these standards have had a massive impact on today’s society....   [tags: Human Aesthetics]
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Aesthetics Should Never Take Precedence Over Function - Aesthetics Should Never Take Precedence Over Function From the early Greek temples of yesteryear, to the high-tech autonomous buildings of tomorrow, the question of whether the function of a building or its aesthetics qualities are more important has plagued the minds of architects around the world. Webster's II New College Dictionary (Please do not use the encyclopedia or the dictionary to open your essay--way too high school.) defines aesthetics as "The branch of philosophy that provides a theory of the beautiful and of the fine arts" (18)....   [tags: Architecture Architectural Essays] 1684 words
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David Hume's Of the Standard of Taste - Introduction Aesthetics is, to put it simply, the study of art, beauty, and judgments thereof. As society tends to not view art as a functional endeavour, this branch of study may seem pointless; in fact a well-known aesthete and self-proclaimed Professor of Aesthetics, Oscar Wilde, stated “All art is quite useless.” However, this sentence is misleading, and the same man also said "Aestheticism is a search after the signs of the beautiful. It is the science of the beautiful through which men seek the correlation of the arts....   [tags: aesthetics, subjectivism, perspective]
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The Picture of Dorian Grey, by Oscar Wilde - Is it worth maintaining an ornately aesthetic life. Is it better to seek a moral lifestyle following society’s moral standards. With ideal appearances and superficial beauty, a decorated life can seem easier and more luxurious than a moral life. Leading a moral life is not as appealing to most people; and is filled with hardships and trouble over “doing the right thing”. One quality cannot be held without losing the other, due to their conflicting natures. While the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray brings out the central question “Is it better to pursue Aesthetics or Morality?” it describes the life of Dorian Gray, who constantly sought to maintain his appearance at the cost of his morals, a...   [tags: Aesthetics vs. Morality]
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The Picture of Dorian Grey, by Oscar Wilde - Is it worth maintaining an ornately aesthetic life. Is it better to seek a moral lifestyle following society’s moral standards. With ideal appearances and superficial beauty, a decorated life can seem easier and more luxurious than a moral life. Leading a moral life is not as appealing to most people; and is filled with hardships and trouble over “doing the right thing”. One quality cannot be held without losing the other, due to their conflicting natures. While the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray brings out the central question “Is it better to pursue Aesthetics or Morality?” it describes the life of Dorian Gray, who constantly sought to maintain his appearance at the cost of his morals, a...   [tags: Aesthetics vs. Morality]
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How can Art be Defined - The search for a definition of Art has been subject of a complex philosophical reflection incorporated; however, within different thematics because the very idea of Art is changeable as it relies on the culture and the tradition of a particular epoch. Etymologically, the word Aesthetics derives from the Greek àisthesis, which means perception by the senses. It used to refer as the study of the world of perceptions as the doctrine aimed to discover the complexity of perceptive knowledge. In ancient times, the concept of Art was closely related to the practice with the technique which Plato argued were, certainly, not positive....   [tags: aristotle, aesthetics, catharsis, artwork]
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Analysis Of Death In Tristan and Story In A Mirror - Both Thomas Mann’s novella “Tristan” (1902) and Ilse Aichinger’s much more abbreviated “Story in a Mirror” (1952) revolve around the topic of death; moreover, both treat their subjects in an aestheticized manner. However, they do so for the sake of achieving different effects. Mann’s purpose is to demonstrate that – for some characters at least – death can lose its emotional impact when it is juxtaposed with beauty and presented in an aesthetic manner; Aichinger’s, in contrast, accentuates the disturbing nature of death by juxtaposing it with the seemingly beautiful, yet ultimately dark imagery....   [tags: Literary Aesthetics, Contrasting Imagery] 2024 words
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The World of Printing and the Importance of Reading - My Systems Of Knowledge Project entitled, ‘The World of Printing and the Importance of Reading’ ponders round the timeline of printing - how this industry began and how it developed throughout the years to become what it is now. In order to gain such information, I went to Velprint, a printing press which is established in Zabbar. One of my aims was to see the printing process of some materials, some of which were books and leaflets. Furthermore, I came across the idea of a technological breakthrough; a quantum leap which made huge repercussion in this industry....   [tags: paper, aesthetics, books] 881 words
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Immanuel Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason - The Transcendental Deductions of the pure concept of the understanding in Immanuel Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason, in its most general sense, explains how concepts relate a priori to objects in virtue of the fact that the power of knowing an object through representations is known as understanding. According to Kant, the foundation of all knowledge is the self, our own consciousness because without the self, experience is not possible. The purpose of this essay is to lay out Kant’s deduction of the pure concept of understanding and show how our concepts are not just empirical, but concepts a priori....   [tags: transcendental deductions, aesthetics]
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Aesthetics of Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison - Ralph Ellison painstakingly crafted a separate world in Invisible Man , a novel that succeeds because it is an intricate aesthetic creation -- humane, compassionate, and yet gloriously devoid of a moral. Social comment is neither the aim nor the drive of art, and Ellison did not attempt to document a plight. He created a place where race is reflected and distorted, where pithy generalities are dismissed, where personal and aesthetic prisms distill into an individualized, articulate consciousness -- it is impossible, not to mention foolish and simplistic, to attempt to exhort a moral from the specific circumstances of the narrator, who is not a cardboard martyr and who doesn't stand for anyon...   [tags: Invisible Man Essays] 1171 words
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Monet Vs. Degas: Impressionist Aesthetics - Although from the same artist group, these Impressionists originated from backgrounds that seemed worlds apart. Claude Monet, known as the “Master Impressionist” varied the themes in his artwork more than any other artist did. Monet’s work “Impression Sunrise”, of which the term “Impressionist” originates also gives rise to the title “Master Impressionist”. Edgar Degas started his career as an artist with nothing in common with Monet but the era in which they lived. From themes to brushstrokes and choices of colours, Monet and Degas started their relationship as Impressionist artists on opposite ends of the earth....   [tags: essays research papers] 1022 words
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Self-Hatred and the Aesthetics of Beauty in The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison - Self-Hatred and the Aesthetics of Beauty in The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison Topic: Discuss the issues of self-hatred and the aesthetics of beauty in The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison. What role do they play in the novel and how do they relate to its theme. Self-hatred leads to self-destruction… Self-hatred is something that can thoroughly destroy an individual. As it was fictitiously evidenced in Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, it can lead an individual to insanity. Toni Morrison raises the idea that racism and class can detrimentally influence people’s outlook on themselves....   [tags: The Bluest Eye] 1283 words
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Representations of Landscape - Of all the questions that an exhibition focussing on landscape should raise, the most ironic yet fitting one of all would surely be: where indeed, to begin. As I wander through the locations that are represented in this exhibition (all of them scapes of some description) I realise that my response varies...in the first instances I gaze, drawn in by the finality of such a thing as a scene with definitive edges; I consider the specificity of each vista. On the third or fourth encounter I begin to glance: my visual experience of these scenes becomes more fleeting and my time in font of them, bound with them, shortens....   [tags: Exhibition, Nature, Aesthetics]
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Stephen Dedalus' Perception of Aesthetics in James Joyce’s novel A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - Aesthetics is the philosophy of art. By appreciating the value of aesthetics, one can comprehend the meaning of the abstract notion of beauty. In James Joyce’s novel, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Stephen Dedalus’ perception of aesthetics is a key component in the main character’s pursuit of individuality and purpose. Through the use of literary techniques such as diction and tone, Joyce conveys the protagonist’s aesthetic development. This artistic growth, paralleled throughout the novel’s external structure with Dedalus’ coming of age, illustrates the life, purpose and aesthetic ambition of an artist: “To discover the mode of life or of art whereby the spirit can express itself...   [tags: essays research papers] 1138 words
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Aunt Jemima's Advertising Campaign from the Late 19th to the Late 20th Century - In the late 1880's in Missouri two men named Chris L. Rutt and Charles G. Underwood created a revolutionary instant pancake flour mix. They created the trademark after visiting a theater and seeing women in blackface, aprons, and red bandanas doing a performance of a song entitled "Old Aunt Jemima." This popular song of the time inspired them to use this very image as their company logo. Rutt and Underwood used many different ways to exploit this new image. They used posters, live appearances, memorabilia, and of course on the product itself....   [tags: Aesthetics] 1586 words
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Thinking Outside the Box in "Ways of Seeing" - A man and a woman lived inside a brick house for over 50 years. They had a fear of the outdoors so they never went outside and no one ever visit. The couple lived their life in solitude. The limited knowledge they had of places and things they shared with each other. The man had this concept of color everything was either black or white. The man would say that an object was white even if it was a light shade of yellow. He would also say that an object was black even if it was a dark shade of purple or blue....   [tags: Aesthetics] 472 words
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An Analysis of "between Cult and Culture: Bamiyan, - An analysis of "Between Cult and Culture: Bamiyan, Islamic Iconoclasm, and the Museum," In "Between Cult and Culture: Bamiyan, Islamic Iconoclasm, and the Museum," Finbarr Barry Flood expresses many ideas concerning Islamic iconoclasm. His focus was on the ."..iconoclastic practices of Muslims living in the eastern Islamic world, especially Afghanistan and India." Flood discusses issues with traditional patterns considering Islamic iconoclasm and the "many paradoxes" that "complicate" our understanding of Islamic iconoclasm....   [tags: Aesthetics] 2390 words
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The Theatrical and Ritual Aesthetics of Signifying - Signifying is a way people (usually in a weak position) use coded language to fool a person (usually in a position of power) who doesn’t understand the play on words. The origin of signifying goes back to the African tale of the Signifying Monkey. The Signifying Monkey is a trickster figure of Yoruba mythology; also called Esu-Elegbara in Nigeria and Legaba among the Fon in Dahomey. Signifying uses one word, preserves its original meaning, but puts another oppositional layer of meaning over it....   [tags: essays research papers] 1530 words
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Oscar Wilde's Views on Art - I'm at wit's end here; I've looked in countless periodicals, dictionaries, and reference books. I've been all over the internet, found some very interesting things that we needn't go into here, and don't even get me started on the thesaurus. All this research and I still can't find a good definition of the word art. This is an Extended Definition Essay. A definition is kind of an important thing to have, don't you think. Okay lets just calm down and look at this again. The most common definition I could find told me that art is a one syllable noun that means: expressions within a medium....   [tags: Aesthetics] 791 words
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Universal Form of Communication - The greatest and most understood form of communication in the world is not mathematics, or even the modern language, but the arts. The arts can be broken into three major sects, the musical arts, the visual arts, and the most widely understood the dramatic arts. Much debate can be consequent due to this decree, yet one argument can be drawn upon for this statement. An example of how drama can be universally experienced by all is if one is blind he or she can still experience the musical arts; however, if one is deaf, the ability to experience the visual arts can still be attained....   [tags: Aesthetics] 843 words
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The Metaphysical Agenda - From the beginning of our time, the species of man has expressed himself/ herself through various mediums and proven devotion there in to various ideals . Since the cave paintings of the Upper Paleolithic some 40,000 years ago; past conceptualism into the most modern to post-modern work of today, the dawns of new methodology and concept shatters old and often unfavorable views of the reality. A system of one-up-manship had been desired, one capable of building new structures for society, by that society and into the next (Michael)....   [tags: Aesthetics] 2060 words
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Art in Society - Without art, the world would be a vast empty void of uncreative, unimaginative, non-colourful, bland society; Toast with no butter or topping; boring, life-draining death of the mind. Art is absolutely everywhere in everyday society, yet goes almost unnoticed and unappreciated by some; television, movies, music, stories, billboards, ads, even clothes and jewellery. These are all symbols of art or art in there own right, and without the Arts, there would be none of this. Art has created all these things that go unappreciated, has changed all the unimaginative, has manipulated the place we live into a more beautiful and wonderful place to live....   [tags: Aesthetics] 727 words
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Mandatory School Uniforms - Some people feels that mandatory school uniforms may teach students a negative lesson about community while some believe that students should base life choices on their own internal values such as their life choices. Such an argument touches directly upon the rights of freedom of expression for all U.S citizens especially the parents and the students involved. While some parents and teachers seek to ensure the safety and security of their school children, some believe adopting a mandatory school uniform is not appropriate method for ensuring such safety, two groups opposing mandatory school uniform are civil libertarians and older students....   [tags: Violence, Aesthetics, Price] 1093 words
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Aesthetic Judgement of an Art Work - In the following essay I will discuss whether it is possible for judgements of the aesthetic quality of works of art to be always merely personal; and what are the circumstances in which they are not personal. I will demonstrate what the necessary conditions are for an aesthetic judgement to be made accurately. I would, therefore, suggest that if aesthetics of the judgements of taste are merely personal, then these judgements would be improper, therefore proper judgements of taste are not personal....   [tags: analysis, emmanuel kant, hegel]
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Aesthetic Value as a Function of Emotional Context, Description, and Evocation - Jean Michel Basquiat’s “Riddle Me This, Batman”, produced in 1987 is a Neo-Expressionist figurative painting (see fig. A.1). It was first shown in Paris’s Galerie Yvon Lambert. Two months after its debut, the piece exchanged hands several times, emerging briefly from private collections only to be snapped up at auction. Most recently, it was sold at a Sotheby’s auction for over six-million USD. Mark sagoff 119 Million dollar pieces were common in the 1980’s. During this time, the price of neo-expressionist works increased steadily....   [tags: Art Analysis ]
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Schiller´s Aesthetic Philosophy of Human Nature - Schiller takes the position that his age is lacking something, meaning that it is missing a certain something that is essential for all human beings. In other words, the "part’’ is missing the "whole’’. Friedrich Schiller on the Sixth Letter of his text "On the Aesthetic Education of Man in a Series of Letters’’ gives an example of a culture, which was not wanting. This culture, the Hellenic Greeks, seemed to manage a perfect balance between art and wisdom, and their connection to nature, for they realized art and wisdom were not something of their own that detached them from nature, but that they were the road itself, which one had to take to find his way towards nature....   [tags: ideal being, beauty, reality] 812 words
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Various Ways to Express Oneself Artistically - Paintings, music, theater, and dance are various media that we use to show our expressions. They can be divulged in numerous schemes that we see, but do not know much about them. In society today, we have experienced and learned various types of ways to express our selves, in order to record history and to reveal spiritual truths in art, whether it be visual or performing art. Painting is a very unique visual art that is used in several techniques, for instance oils the most popular of them all....   [tags: Aesthetics Visual Art Performing Arts] 1565 words
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Higher Immediacy Contrasted with Ethical and Aesthetic - Explain higher immediacy by contrasting it with the ethical and the aesthetic. Higher immediacy or religious faith is the most important achievement made by a person because only faith offers an individual to have a chance to become a "true self". Self is what is done throughout life which God judges for infinity. Consequently, humans have a huge responsibility because those decided choices in life constitute the eternal salvation or damnation. With the religious faith, the ethical and aesthetic are needed to form it, that is why they can not be the same....   [tags: essays research papers] 508 words
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Rhythmic Foundations, and the Necessary Aesthetic in Peirce’s Categories - Rhythmic Foundations, and the Necessary Aesthetic in Peirce’s Categories ABSTRACT: There has been a tendency in scholarship to steer quite clear of discussions of Peirce and Aesthetics, and I believe that the main reason that Peirce’s works lacks, perhaps even intentionally, a clear aesthetic theory is because his entire architectonic of experience is aesthetically founded. This thesis is based, in part, on the necessary aesthetic descriptions one is forced to use when describing something such as the categories....   [tags: Philosophy Philosophical Papers] 3446 words
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Unity of Being, Reason and Sensibility: Yeats' Aesthetic Vision - Unity of Being, Reason and Sensibility: Yeats' Aesthetic Vision         The poetry of William Butler Yeats is underscored by a fundamental commitment to philosophical exploration. Yeats maintained that the art of poetry existed only in the movement through and beyond thought. Through the course of his life, Yeats' aesthetic vision was in flux; it moved and evolved as well. His poetry reflects this evolution. The need to achieve totality, a wholeness, through art would become his most basic aesthetic philosophy....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]
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Is there an objective standard of taste? - In Aesthetics, it is thought that in order to show that a work of art is truly great, it is required that an assessment of aesthetic value must be made (Graham, 2001). Therefore, it can be seen as important that such criteria of can be defined in order to make such an assessment. In this essay, I shall argue that it is not possible for there to be an objective standard of taste that can be defined through a set of binding aesthetic principles that can be used to judge value of artistic works. Rather, than an objective standard of taste can exist without aesthetic rules or principles....   [tags: Art, Aesthetic Principles]
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Aesthetic Music Educatin and the Influence of Bennett Reimer - An explicit concept since the late 1950s, aesthetic education first developed to provide a strong philosophical foundation for music education and continues to evolve as a solid theoretical orientation for current effective practices. Bennett Reimer has contributed much to the discussion and development of the value of aesthetic education for the teaching and learning of music. Others in music education also support and promote these ideals and focus on developing an improved understanding for music educators....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Kant’s Aesthetic Theory and the Problem of Particularity - Kant’s Aesthetic Theory and the Problem of Particularity ABSTRACT: In moving away from the objective, property-based theories of earlier periods to a subject-based aesthetic, Kant did not intend to give up the idea that judgments of beauty are universalizable. Accordingly, the "Deduction of Judgments of Taste" (KU, § 38) aims to show how reflective aesthetic judgments can be "imputed" a priori to all human subjects. The Deduction is not successful: Kant manages only to justify the imputation of the same form of aesthetic experience to everyone; he does not show that this experience will universally occur in response to the same objects....   [tags: Philosophy]
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Of the Standard of Taste by David Hume - David Hume’s essay, "Of The Standard of Taste," is one of the most revered of the copious works on what is referred to as aesthetics. Although, he is better known for his other works, such as, "A treatise of human Nature," "An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding," and "An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals," all in which he shows how limited a role reason has in the lives of humans. This subjective view is also present in "Of The Standard of Taste": aesthetic judgments are based on personal feeling more than they are on reason....   [tags: principles of morals, aesthetic judgement]
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