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Is Beauty Back?:

The future of art

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  • The Debate

    Is Beauty Back?

    From Laurie Anderson to Damien Hirst, a generation of artists banished beauty in favour of the grotesque, the discordant and the weird. But was this an error? Are new forms of aesthetic delight on the rise, and if so, what will the consequences be for our culture?

    The Panel

    Courtauld scholar and High Art Lite author Julian Stallabrass, eminent art historian Griselda Pollock and Norwegian artist Sidsel Christensen contemplate the new beautiful.

    In association with the Royal Norwegian Embassy.

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  • Sidsel Christensen
    The Pitch
    Beauty is the goal of art
  • Julian Stallabrass
    The Pitch
    Our understanding of beauty is ever changing
  • Griselda Pollock
    The Pitch
    Both discordance and beauty have a place in art
  • The Debate
    Theme One
    What is beauty?
  • The Debate
    Theme Two
    Art and truth
  • The Debate
    Theme Three
    Ethics vs. aesthetics
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Eric Wayne on 05/02/2015 7:06pm

Beauty is to art what delicious is to food. No, it's not really about your radical political agenda or pet Postmodernist linguistic Solipsims. This discussion sounds like a couple of the speakers are actually blind. Sure, different people will find different things delicious, but the general aim of food is to taste good. With the dusty and tediously boring Duchamp, we have a chef who decided to serve up library paste that was neither good nor bad, per se, but flavorless. So, now the question is, is delicious food desirable, or is merely a white male tradition? Should we not eat delicious food because the Nazis ate delicious food? Is delicious food a white, male, patriarchal, phallocentric, Imperialist enterprise, like aesthetically successful art using visual language? You decide.

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