Chapter 1 Postformalism
This chapter introduces the idea of a postformalist aesthetic theory of reconstructing remote artefacts aesthetic statuses. The case is immune to the misgivings about aesthetic enquiry prevalent in the humanities and social sciences, since it does not assume that recovering such statuses involves experiencing the artefacts potential to provide an intrinsically rewarding gratification of the senses, of the intellect, or of both together. Postformalist aesthetics sees itself as part of a broad investigation into the nature of evaluative attitudes towards visually conspicuous artefacts. Such a broad investigation represents a necessary step towards establishing whether an object was meant to merit aesthetic attention.
BookObjects of Authority
KeywordsJakub Stejskal, David Summers, Whitney Davis, postformalism, aesthetic archaeology, postformalist aesthetic, form, medium, universal style, aesthetic objects, artifacts, remote objects, Cycladic marble figures, Acheulean handaxes, Assyrian statues, Late Gothic monochrome wooden sculptures, remote cultures, formalist aesthetics, contextualist aesthetics, vertical bilateral symmetry, split representation, aesthetic status
ISBN9781032072098, 9781032100500, 9781003213406
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Publication date and place2023
The arts: general issues