A Denial of Aesthetic Principle
"A Denial of Aesthetic Principle" is quite simply and plainly, an artist's manifesto. By liberating art from its present formal constraints and by forwarding what is known, we can at last rest assured of the fact that new forms of art are being born. This work - document or tract rather than book - is very short: less than 10,000 words, and was written in six weeks by a troubled young man who lived out of his van on the streets of New York City. No work could be more spontaneous. Morris's argument is simple. "Enough of personal art! Enough of art that benefits the individual!" Morris says, "We must create on an entirely seperate path, until we are artists no more, but become art itself," in one of five essays entitled "Art as a Plague." In short, this book should be read over and over again. Its subject matter ranges in significant proportions. From music to acting, and from painting to poetry and beyond, but most importantly from, the uncertainty of the depths of a young man who struggled, one should find this book a remarkable spiritual guide and an intangible marker for artistic truth.
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