– Richard Wright, No Title (Detail), 2009
Beauty is an abstract concept (as is redness). For example, you can point at red things red, but you cannot point at redness, this is the same as beauty, you can point at beautiful thingsm but you cannot point at beauty.
This leads to the suspision of beauty, Beauty = Prettieness.
Beauty = Superficial
+ Damien Hurst, Beautiful Leeds United 3-0 if its got a hole in the painting (the vortex of youth), 1999
Beauty is Kitch
+Jeff Koons, Large vase of flowers, 1991 (Bronze)
Beauty as seduction
+Ai Weiwei, Straight, 2008-12
Beauty is deception
+Andre Mason, The Kill, 1944
Beauty is the cover for political manipulation
+Ivor Babiliov, George W. Bush, 2002
Beauty is prettieness // Beauty is superficial // Beauty is kitsch —— these all mean “Beauty = Meaning”
Beauty = seduction // Beauty = deception // Beauty = cover for politican manipulation —— these all mean “Beauty = albi for a hidden meaning”
Is Beauty subjective or objective ?
Beauty Is objective:: should be able to isolate the beauty element
Beauty is Subjective:: the nature of the object
Is it possible to identify an objective of standard Beauty?
See the Marquand mask (Average of beauty)
Critique of judgement (1790)
+Beauty is a form of liking
are all forms of liking the same??
Types of liking::
1. The agreeable: governed by desire // subjective // private
2. The Good: governed by reason // universal // public
3. The Beautiful: not governed by either desire or reason // universal subjective
disinterestedness, we do not look at art in the same way as we look at the world
+Nicholas Poussin, The martyrdom of St. Erasmus, 1628-9