• Transformations in Art and Aesthetics

    Author(s):
    Arnold Berleant (see profile)
    Date:
    2014
    Subject(s):
    Aesthetics, Aesthetic theory, Art, Art and environment
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    aesthetic sensibility, aesthetic engagement, participant art, aesthetic experience
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6H41JM3P
    Abstract:
    Recent decades have witnessed a dramatic broadening in the scope of aesthetic inquiry. No longer focused exclusively on the arts and natural beauty, the mainstream of aesthetics has entered a delta in which its flow has spread out into many channels before entering the ocean of civilization. Several decades ago, environmental aesthetics began to attract interest and has grown to be an important focus of present-day inquiry in aesthetics. Along with environmental ethics, it has become part of the broader scope of environmental studies and the environmental movement in general. This expansion has continued, interpreting environment not only as natural but also as social. Aesthetics has been applied to social relations and political uses, and now, most recently to the objects and situations of everyday life. Similarly, the course of the arts has displayed a succession of changes over the past century and a half, increasingly rejecting traditional paradigms of representation and incorporating into their subject-matter and practices the everyday world, along with active participation by their audience. It would seem that art has overstepped all boundaries, boundaries between art and non-art, between artist and perceiver, between art and life. Some might say that it has lost its identity entirely.
    Notes:
    Published in Aesthetics of Everyday Life, East and West, ed. Liu Yuedi and Curtis L. Carter (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publ., 2014), pp. 2-13.
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    Published
    Last Updated:
    10 months ago
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    Attribution-NonCommercial
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