Tags » Aesthetic Experience

If an artwork is morally dubious, does that make it aesthetically bad?

This stupid question needlessly dominates so much discourse about the “ethical criticism” of artworks. I wish it could be torpedoed out of sight. The question is stupid because (i) the answer is obviously “no”; (ii) it risks conflating two forms of judgement (moral and aesthetic) that have been kept separate since Kant’s critiques, not because of a philosophical argument against their independence, but because of the assumption that artworks have a single “value” derived from both aesthetic and ethical components, and that the job of criticism is to arrive at a quasi-numerical assessment of this value. 664 more words


 came to think of paintings as showing two faces, one as interpretable image and another as physical presence, and he saw the former as bleeding the intensity of the latter.

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Sacred Moments and Time Out of Time

There are moments when the sacred seems to break through into the everyday world. Where you stand awestruck and know that you are in a sacred moment.   248 more words

I Love You Dr Maxine Greene

Maxine you will remain on my mind and on my heart for the rest of my life. Thank you for the many moments you shared with me. 48 more words

Art Advocacy


“[O]f all our cognitive capacities, imagination is the one that permits us to give credence to alternative realities. It allows us to break with the taken for granted, to set aside familiar distinctions and definitions” (p. 804 more words

Art Advocacy

Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014)

Maya Angelou (born Marguerite Ann Johnson; April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) was an American author and poet. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning more than fifty years. 501 more words