The Search for Aesthetic Meaning in the Visual Arts: The Need for the Aesthetic Tradition in Contemporary Art Theory and Education

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2001 - Art - 148 pages

Many contemporary artists produce work that reflects nothing more than a perceived social reality. It is the author's belief that Postmodern art theory and education have trivialized the place of aesthetics in the visual arts, despite the fact that humans search for meaning in life and experiencing the visual arts is one of the ways they seek such meaning. Humans, according to the author's position, understand the world about them in ways that do not easily conform to logical cognition alone. They may also use intuition or pre-thought in developing their understanding of the world and themselves.

Intuitive thought in particular is inseparable to both artistic creation and appreciation, as well as the concept of aesthetic experience. It is a willingness to allow for the complexity of cognition that has been lost in Postmodern theory and education. One must re-examine how humans have characteristically thought of art--that is the aesthetic tradition--and use that understanding not only to broaden contemporary art theory and education but most importantly to aid individuals who seek aesthetic meaning in the visual arts.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Intuition in Aesthetic Appreciation
7
Aesthetics
13
Leon Battista Alberti
17
Giorgio Vasari and the Origin of the Image of the Artist
25
The Image of the Artist as Rebel and Social Critic
33
Lomazzo and Bellori and the Hardening of the Term of Imitation
35
The French Academy
43
Charles Baudelaire
75
Art for Arts Sake
81
John Ruskin
83
Walter Pater
87
Modernist Art Criticism
89
Roger Fry
91
Clement Greenberg
99
Art as Political Rhetoric
105

Roger De Piles
47
The Evolution to Romanticism
51
Johann J Winckelmann
55
Sir Joshua Reynolds
59
The Salon Shows
61
Denis Diderot
63
The Romantic Critics
73
Harold Rosenberg
107
PostModernism Anomaly in Art Critical Theory
113
Feminist Art Criticism
117
The Search for Aesthetic Meaning in Art Education Summary and Conclusions
123
Notes
129
Bibliography
139
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About the author (2001)

DAVID KENNETH HOLT holds an Ed.D. from Northern Illinois University. He is currently a writer and printmaker living in New Paltz, NY.

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