Key concepts • Mimesis and anti-mimesis • Artistic license • Golden ratio • Perspective • Propaganda • Ethics and art • Punk music • Subjective and objective views of art • Universality of beauty • Monetary value of art
“Designs for wallpaper are more finished than this seascape!” Louis Leroy, the critic for Charvari
What do we think of: • Bartok? • Traditional Japanese folk music? • The Killers? • Carlos Vives? • Manchester music from the 1990s? …and how might people of a different perspective think of these things?
The 1993 study carried out by Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid • "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."
Objectivist views of art versus subjectivist views of art • To fully appreciate art, the audience must have a knowledge of art • Art can be judged as good and bad • Rules can be applied • Art can be interpreted in any way by its audience • Anything can be considered art • There are no formal rules for art