Artistic Visions and the Promise of Beauty

Artistic Visions and the Promise of Beauty : Cross-Cultural Perspectives

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This volume examines the motives behind rejections of beauty often found within contemporary art practice, where much critically acclaimed art is deliberately ugly and alienating. It reflects on the nature and value of beauty, asking whether beauty still has a future in art and what role it can play in our lives generally. The volume discusses the possible "end of art," what art is, and the relation between art and beauty beyond their historically Western horizons to include perspectives from Asia.

The individual chapters address a number of interrelated issues, including: art, beauty and the sacred; beauty as a source of joy and consolation; beauty as a bridge between the natural and the human; beauty and the human form; the role of curatorial practice in defining art; order and creativity; and the distinction between art and craft. The volume offers a valuable addition to cross-cultural dialogue and, in particular, to the sparse literature on art and beauty in comparative context. It demonstrates the relevance of the rich tradition of Asian aesthetics and the vibrant practices of contemporary art in Asia to Western discussions about the future of art and the role of beauty.
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  • Paperback | 265 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 14.48mm | 4,161g
  • Cham, Switzerland
  • English
  • Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2017
  • VI, 265 p.
  • 3319829378
  • 9783319829371

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This volume examines the motives behind rejections of beauty often found within contemporary art practice, where much critically acclaimed art is deliberately ugly and alienating. It reflects on the nature and value of beauty, asking whether beauty still has a future in art and what role it can play in our lives generally. The volume discusses the possible "end of art," what art is, and the relation between art and beauty beyond their historically Western horizons to include perspectives from Asia.

The individual chapters address a number of interrelated issues, including: art, beauty and the sacred; beauty as a source of joy and consolation; beauty as a bridge between the natural and the human; beauty and the human form; the role of curatorial practice in defining art; order and creativity; and the distinction between art and craft. The volume offers a valuable addition to cross-cultural dialogue and, in particular, to the sparse literature on art and beauty in comparative context. It demonstrates the relevance of the rich tradition of Asian aesthetics and the vibrant practices of contemporary art in Asia to Western discussions about the future of art and the role of beauty.
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Table of contents

1: Introduction, K. Higgins and S. Maira.- I. What Happened to Beauty?- 2: "Beauty: A Promise of Enduring Art," R. Lorand.- 3: "The Hollowing of Art and the Call of Beauty," S. Maira.- 4: "Iconoclasm and the Demise of Aesthetics," A. Menon.- II. Judging Beautiful Bodies.- 5: "Western Theories of Beauty and Non-Western Peoples," P. Mitter.- 6: Valli and Devasena," A. Pande.- 7: "Female Bodies in China: Literati Fantasies, Iron Girls and Olympics Hoopla," E. Man.- III. Beauty, Virtue, and Happiness.- 8: "Buddhism, Beauty, and Virtue," D. Cooper.- 9: "Confucian Aesthetics of Persons," E. Mullis.- 10: "Beauty and the Sense of Life," K. Higgins.- 11: "Dwelling with Beauty," S. Sikka.- IV. Beauty and the Self.- 12: "Artistic Creativity," S. Miri.- 13: "Letting Objects Speak: Beauty in the Japanese Artistic Tradition," Y.Saito.- 14: "Perceiving Beauty, Recognizing Self," Y. Lochan.- V. Beauty as Daily Practice.- 15: "Art, Craft and Beauty - A Subjective Vision?" L. Tyabji.- 16: "The Beatiful in Bali," S. Davies.- 17: "The Aesthetics of Everyday Life: An Exploration through the Buddhist Concept of Vikalpa," P. Patnaik.- 18: "Daoist Aesthetics of the Everyday and the Fantastical," S. Mattice.
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About Kathleen M. Higgins

Kathleen M. Higgins is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin. Her main areas of research are aesthetics, continental philosophy, and philosophy of emotion. She is author of a number of books, including The Music of Our Lives (1991/ rev. 2011) and The Music between Us: Is Music the Universal Language? (2012), which received the American Society for Aesthetics Outstanding Monograph Prize in 2013. She has been a Resident Scholar at the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Study and Conference Center and a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University and the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

Shakti Maira is a respected contemporary artist in India. His work is in international collections and in the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi. In 2005 he helped organize the `Learning through the Arts in Asia' symposium. Subsequently, UNESCO invited him to formulate
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