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Esthetics Contemporary - Richard Kostelanetz

Esthetics Contemporary

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Published: 1st October 1989
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How are we to understand, define, and critically evaluate the function, origin, and types of art and establish criteria for describing a work as "superior?" While such esthetic questions are unchanging, the answers vary markedly from decade to decade and even year to year, depending upon the prevailing opinion of critics, artists, and the public. Esthetics Contemporary has been revised and updated to include fourteen new selections from many of the most respected authorities on literature, dance, the visual arts, theatre, music, cinema, and architecture.

Kostelanetz captures the rich diversity of our changing views of art while at the same time discloses its variegated influence on the contemporary art scene. Esthetics withers if compelled to remain within the stultifying confines of rigid theories. The experiential dimension of esthetic requires that it change if trends and breakthroughs in the arts are to be appreciated fully. Esthetics can ill afford to ignore the fluid reality of creative forces - that intimate and interpenetrating relationship between the esthetic theory of a particular period and the arts that dominate.

Featured in this volume are discussions of the future of music, minimalist tendencies in dance, conceptual art, theatre esthetics, de-architecturalization, art as internal technology, the esthetics of the avant-garde, modernism and postmodernism, photography and esthetics, video art, radio drama, affirmation of space-time forces, criticism of imaginative writing, a structural-informational approach to cinema, phenomenal art, and much more.

The first edition of Esthetics Contemporary distinguished itself as a pioneering volume that gave new meaning and clearer understanding to the often misunderstood world of contemporary art. This revised edition with its many new selections will continue that fine tradition into the next decade and beyond.

Epigraphsp. 5
Preface to the Original Editionp. 13
Preface to the Revised Editionp. 15
Introduction Contemporary American Estheticsp. 17
The Aesthetics of the Avant-Gardep. 34
The Function of Artp. 65
Space-Time Problemsp. 69
The Relation of Environment to Anti-Environmentp. 75
Apropos of """"Readymades""""p. 83
Art and Disorderp. 85
Chance-Imageryp. 103
Apocalypse: The Place of Mystery in the Life of the Mindp. 114
On Formp. 119
Style and the Representation of Historical Timep. 125
Art and Authenticityp. 132
Systems Estheticsp. 144
Programmed Estheticsp. 154
Art as Internal Technology: The Return of the Shaman-the Descent of the Goddessp. 157
Response to a Questionnaire from the Center for Socio-Experimental Artp. 168
Intermediap. 173
Criticism and Its Premisesp. 177
The Delta of Modernismp. 182
p. 188
Necessity of """"Formalism""""p. 190
Modernist Paintingp. 195
My Paintingp. 202
""""Art-As-Art""""p. 203
The General Public is Just as Disinterested in Advanced Art as Everp. 207
Realism Nowp. 209
10 Structurists in 20 Paragraphsp. 216
The Eye and the Spectatorp. 224
The Expanding and Disappearing Work of Artp. 236
Meaningless Workp. 240
A Sedimentation of the Mindp. 242
Notes Toward Conditional Artp. 253
Phenomenal Art: Form, Idea and Techniquep. 258
De-Architecturizationp. 266
The Composer as Specialistp. 278
Postmodern and Late Modern: the Essential Definitionsp. 285
Cagean Estheticsp. 290
Music as a Gradual Processp. 302
Glass and Snowp. 305
The Impermanent Artp. 310
A Quasi-Survey of Some """"Minimalist"""" Tendencies in the Quantitatively Minimal Dance Activity Midst the Plethorap. 315
What is a Dancer?p. 319
Words Per Pagep. 320
Photography and Aestheticsp. 331
The Image in Question Further Notes on the Directorial Modep. 339
""""When the Mode of the Music Changes the Walls of the City Shake""""p. 345
An Abc of Contemporary Readingp. 350
Pre-Facep. 383
The New Art of Making Booksp. 386
Video Art: Theory for a Futurep. 398
New Radio Drama as Acoustical Artp. 405
Holography as Artp. 415
The Education of the Un-Artist, IIIp. 417
Concept Artp. 429
Paragraphs on Conceptual Artp. 432
Notesp. 436
A Something Else Manifestop. 436
Bibliographyp. 451
Contributorsp. 465
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ISBN: 9780879754808
ISBN-10: 087975480X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 470
Published: 1st October 1989
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.1 x 13.9  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 1