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Beauty and the Contemporary Sublime

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  33 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Esteemed critic, painter, and writer Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe offers a provocative critique of beauty in relation to the contemporary notion of the sublime, which is now found in technology and a high-powered economy rather than in nature. Refuting established views, this book questions today's ideas of beauty, including those applied to contemporary art, and proposes a secula ...more
Paperback, 180 pages
Published December 1st 1999 by Allworth Press
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Philip Cherny
I would probably more accurately rate this book 3.5 stars, as I found it better than average. Gilbert-Rolfe very eloquently elucidates certain heavy philosophical ideas with descriptive prose and examples. I’ve bookmarked several quotable passages that highlight some of his astute reflections worth returning to. Unfortunately, he does not seem as effective an argumentative writer, as his convoluted prose often tends to bog down his arguments. He quickly breezes through ambiguous abstract ideas t ...more
Mills College Library
111.85 G4659 1999
Okay. I'm giving this book a 5 star rating cause I've heard good things about it. But honestly I've never read it. I would be willing to trade it for something or sell it. The thing is, I would like to say that I did read it and comprehend it, but the book is way too dense for me. The subject is contemporary aesthetics and I was never one for philosophy. So if you think this is something that you would like, let me know....
This small tome largely falls within the category of art theory. I rated it highly because his writing is so astute but also because my MFA thesis work concerned the Contemporary Sublime. I find his art theory writing to be uncanny and complicated, scholarly and erudite. Not for everyone.
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