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date: 27 September 2021

p. 11. Blood and beautylocked

p. 11. Blood and beautylocked

  • Cynthia Freeland


‘Blood and beauty’ examines why blood has been used in so much art. Artwork in recent years has incorporated a lot of horror. Photographers have shown corpses or the grisly severed heads of animals, sculptors have displayed rotting meat with maggots. The theory of art as communal ritual fails to account for the value and effects of much contemporary art. And recent art does not seem defensible within an aesthetic theory that rests upon Beauty, good taste, Significant Form, and detached aesthetic emotions. However, perhaps disinterestedness has some small role in approaching difficult art by enabling us to try harder to look at and understand something that seems very repugnant.

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