A thing of beauty is ...
This profile explores beauty in art as a cultural construct looking both at its more positive historical associations and how it functions today in relation to artworks in the global media age. Contributions come from a host of artists and writers, including Ortan, Barbara Bloom, Michael Craig-Martin, Hiroshi Sugimoto, and Per Barclay, among others. Illustrated throughout, mainly in color.
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animation Anzieu architecture Art & Design artist Attila Richard Lukacs Barbara Bloom Beauty's body as sculpture Cell centre Cibachrome classical colour concept contemporary critical cultural pessimism Cyanotype Cyborg dance dialectic discourse dolls Ektacolor print Elaine Scarry exhibition exists exploration fascism film frag fragments Germany gift Graces Gregory Crewdson Guest-edited happy ending hope human hybrid ibid identity images installation view internalisation Lawing Gallery Lendvai-Dircksen Leni Riefenstahl libidinal skin London look Louise Bourgeois Luhring Augustine machine MADELINE GINS Margaret Morse meaning Michael Petry mirror modern Museum Nancy Spero Nancy Wolf Nazi object oil on canvas overleaf painting perception perfect PETER GREENAWAY Photo courtesy photographs physical pleasure polymorphously perverse primal Pygmalion Rachel Lachowicz reality references Romantic second skin Sehen sense Shoshana Wayne Gallery Skin Ego surface Susan Sontag THING OF BEAUTY tion transcendental beauty truth Untitled vision visual Walter Benjamin waterfall whilst writing York