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To What Extent is Art Based on Our Perception of Beauty?

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To What Extent is Art Based on Our Perception of Beauty?
Perception of Beauty?
Perception: awareness of things through our 5 senses
Channels of communication between ourselves and the outside world: variety of life
Interpretation of Beauty?
"a laborious and puerile barbarity" --Henri Quittard
The Rite of Spring
"... it had the effect of an explosion that so scattered the elements of musical language that they could never again be put together as before" --Donald Jay Grout
"Will it last a very long time this way?"
"To the end, my dear."
Beauty?
1993 Study carried out by Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid
In 1993 study carried out by Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid, two Russian artists based in New York. They investigated the artistic preferences of people from ten different countries, and discovered some fascinating shared tastes.

*People liked realistic paintings, landscapes, color blue wide open areas, water scenes, and human figures and animals to be present.

Melamid himself offered this explanation:
"Maybe the blue landscape is gene­tically imprinted in us, that it’s the paradise within, that we came from the blue landscape and we want it . . . We now completed polls in many countries – China, Kenya, Iceland, and so on – and the results are strikingly similar. Can you believe it? Kenya and Iceland – what can be more different in the whole fucking world – and both want blue landscapes . . . The blue landscape is what is really universal, maybe to all mankind."
Individual Interpretation VS. Universal Norms
Abstract Art
Ugly Art?
The Golden Ratio
1 : 1.618
Andy Warhol, 'Statue of Liberty' (1962) $43, 762, 500
Kazimir Malevich 'Suprematist Composition' (1916) $ 60,000,000
Change in Perception of Beauty Over Time:
Venus and Mars by Botticelli
Culture and Coherence:
The definition and
acceptance
of art: dependent upon how well this art
coheres/fits with cultural and societal perceptions of beauty
Culture and Coherence
Change in universal/societal perception of beauty:

results in A
CHANGING
DEFINITION OF ART
Eiffel Tower
"We, writers, painters, sculptors, architects and passionate devotees of the hitherto untouched beauty of Paris, protest with all our strength, with all our indignation in the name of slighted French taste, against the erection…of this useless and monstrous Eiffel Tower..."
Different cultures: Different perceptions of BEAUTY
Different cultures: Different perceptions of ART
Culture has an influence on one's perception of beauty and art
Coherence: Does it fit with our overall set of beliefs/ideas?
(Serge Diaghilev)
(Igor Stravinsky)
Venus and Mars by Botticelli
St Catherine of Alexandria by Raphael.
Portrait of a Young Man by Bronzino.
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