Aesthetics

Why The Big Basquiat Sale Is Art’s Capitalist Apocalypse

The sale exposes the problem at the heart of the art market: Basquiat’s work is good because it is expensive. Why is it expensive? Because it is good

Art

Distraction prevents us from seeing beauty

Beauty is hard to define, but many instinctively believe it’s much like US Supreme Court justice Potter Stewart’s 1964 definition of pornography: I know it when I see it. But a psychological experiment published in Current Biology last week, which claims to put Immanuel Kant’s philosophical …

Psychology

Experiencing Beauty Requires Thought

A team of neuroscientists at New York University have confirmed Immanuel Kant’s 18th century claim that experiencing beauty requires thought.“The …

Western Philosophy

Psychology vs. philosophy: Beauty requires thought

In a recent study, two of Immanuel Kant's theories on experiencing beauty were assessed. The conclusion is that beauty might be in the eye of the …

Beauty

Philosophy Just Launched A Powerful Campaign

For Mental Health Awareness Month<p>May is Mental Health Awareness Month. This has sparked a number of brands and celebrities to speak out in an attempt to break down the many stigmas surrounding the matter and normalize the conversation about women's health. Everybody’s favorite skin-care brand, …

Beauty

Dove Takes Objectification of Women to Another Level

Objectification is not a metaphor. It is a term you can use to describe treating or perceiving women <i>like</i> objects, but in advertising it involves …

Feminism

Essays | Transaesthetics

Transaesthetics<p><b>By Jean Baudrillard</b> / Translated by James Benedict<p>We see Art proliferating wherever we turn; talk about Art is increasing even more …

Art

‘Art Is the Place Where You Can Reinvent the World’: Christine Macel on How to Understand Her Venice Biennale

People<p>In a wide-ranging interview, the curator of the 2017 Venice Biennale explains the key themes powering her ambitious exhibition.<p>,<p>Every two …

Art

Astonish Me - Curator Noam Segal on Tayler Ashby Hawkins

<i>For the column “Astonish me”, Widewalls has invited internationally acclaimed curators to impart their latest discoveries to us. To kickoff the new</i> …

The Materiality of the Digital: Petro-Enlightenment and the Aesthetics of Invisibility

The Materiality of the Digital: Petro-Enlightenment and the Aesthetics of Invisibility<p>Abstract<p>Abstract:<p>This essay interprets digital petroculture’s …

Invisibility

Digital Transformations of Time: The Aesthetics of the Internet

Digital Transformations of Time: The Aesthetics of the Internet<p>Abstract<p>Abstract:<p>CURRENT DISCUSSION OF DIGITAL CULTURE IS DOMINATED by the metaphor of …

Johns Hopkins University

70 Years On, Primo Levi's 'If This Is A Man' Is Still A Powerful Reminder Of What It Means To Be Human

Nicholas Heron, <i>The University of Queensland</i><p>When he was captured by the Fascist militia in December of 1943, Primo Levi (1919-1987) preferred to declare his status as an “Italian citizen of the Jewish race” than admit to the political activities of which he was suspected, which he supposed would …

Art

A brilliant 21st century take on still life

Curator, writer, and artist Antonia Marsh filters the still life through ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle in her new show<p>Fill in the gaps: A_ is A_.<p>Of course, it’s a famous line, ‘A rose is a rose is a rose is a rose’, in Gertrude Stein’s poem “Sacred Emily” – an answer to Romeo’s question, …

Art

The New “Depthiness” - Journal #61 January 2015 - e-flux

Just because it’s fake doesn’t mean I don’t feel it.<p><i>—Girls,</i> Season 3, Episode 3<p>Fredric Jameson once noted that superficiality was the “supreme formal …

Art

Hockney, Hirst and Blake ‘#Trending’ at City of London’s art gallery

Art work by David Hockney and Damien Hirst will feature in <b>#LondonTrending</b>, Guildhall Art Gallery’s forthcoming free exhibition about the rise of …

Iconic architectural styles

Grand Design explores the defining elements of contemporary construction movements, from the harsh facades of Brutalism to the white render of …

Architecture

Artist Esther Watson reimagines the flying saucers her dad created as a child

Los Angeles-based artist Esther Watson’s work is inspired by her dad and the giant flying saucers he used to make when she was a child. The artist …

Design

Design principle: Aesthetics

Now that we know a bit more about aesthetic design, let’s look at why it matters.<p>Why aesthetic design matters?<p>Not long ago user were expecting only …

UX Design

Joseon Korea—Court Treasures and City Life

The Sun, Moon and Five Peaks on a 6-fold royal screen at the Joseon Korea—Court Treasures and City Life exhibition at the ACM. The sun and moon …

Ancient History

Impressions from the Venice Biennale

by Paula de la Cruz<p><i>The Venice Biennale kicked off a few weeks ago and will last until November 24, 2013. Paula de la Cruz reports from the Grand</i> …

Mediterranean

How reprioritizing aesthetics in formal criticism can save the world

Socially conscious criticism doesn't take artistic expression too seriously; it doesn't take art seriously enough<p>As I plunk down at a too-high bar stool in a coffee shop to write this screed, I’m assailed, out of the corner of my eye, by a headline of a local alt-weekly paper spelled out in big, …

Criticism

Renowned Soviet avant-garde art collection comes to Moscow

MOSCOW (AP) — Vladimir Lysenko's painted bull stares with flat black eyes like a double-barrel shotgun, one of his horns festooned in a mosaic of bright rectangles, the tip of his tail stretched toward a glowing orange globe that may be the sun.<p>Over the years, the painting has become one of the …

World News

New York City after the second world war - in pictures

Todd Webb’s photographs of postwar New York depict the warmth and diversity of the city. He studied under Ansel Adams, and his beautiful black and white shots reflect that influence. The Museum of the City of New York is hosting a retrospective of his work, Todd Webb: A City Seen until 4 September

New York City

Georgia O'Keeffe exhibit examines modern art pioneer in global context - Entertainment

The Art Gallery of Ontario's Georgia O'Keeffe exhibit, opening Saturday, explores six decades of the modern art pioneer's career, including her …

Metropolitan Museum of Art

The art of ‘Black Radical Women’ breaks down all-white stereotypes of 1960s feminism

A new exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum explores intersectionality<p>Women were breaking open the art world starting in the 1960s, but that that didn’t …

Feminism

He Says: The Hairy Ape Spinning Out, Caged | Times Square Chronicles

He Says: The Hairy Ape Spinning Out, Caged<p>The streets that haunt the soul of the bewildered Yank are where this exceptional revival of Eugene …

Aubrey Beardsley’s The Peacock Skirt: a bold vision of female sexuality

This work, created for Oscar Wilde’s play Salome, would surely have floored the late Victorian establishment with its nonconformist take on gender roles<p><b>Vamping it up</b><p>This is one of the illustrations that Beardsley created for Oscar Wilde’s play Salome. Banned for translating biblical characters to …

Gender

Sian Davey & Joseph Szabo Portray 50 Years of Youth Culture

Sian Davey and Joe Szabo are both exhibited in the Michael Hoppen gallery in London. Through these cliches, the viewer discover teen-agers daily life …

Design

English Visionary

When Virginia Woolf wrote that “human character" changed and "all human relations shifted" in or around December 1910, the reason was not politics, …

Conservative POV

The Brooklyn Museum's 'We Wanted A Revolution' Exhibit To Feature Only Black Women Artists

Set to drop this weekend, The Brooklyn Museum’s latest exhibit will be entirely centered around black women artists!<p><i></i><i>We Wanted a Revolution: Black</i> …

Brooklyn Museum