Thursday, October 05, 2006

Art in Opposition

See the article The higher destruction, over at The New Criterion, which is a book review of "What Good are the Arts?" by John Carey.

A discussion of this is found over at the classical architecture website Grand Tradition.

The main point of controversy is whether or not art should be judged objectively. Is "good art" merely personal opinion? Or can art be rationally judged? Why are juxtapositions of modern and classical arts disturbing?

The classical answer is that artistic judgement is objective, relative, and subjective together. Moderns tend to pick only one of these factors and ignore the others. That is why much modern art is ugly!

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