Aesthetics of Ugliness: A Critical Edition by Karl Rosenkranz,Andrei Pop,Mechtild Widrich

By Karl Rosenkranz,Andrei Pop,Mechtild Widrich

during this key textual content within the heritage of paintings and aesthetics, Karl Rosenkranz indicates ugliness to be the negation of good looks with no being reducible to evil, materiality, or different unfavourable phrases used it truly is traditional condemnation. This insistence at the specificity of ugliness, and on its dynamic prestige as a method afflicting aesthetic canons, displays Rosenkranz's curiosity within the city - like Walter Benjamin, he wrote on Paris and Berlin - and his voracious gathering of sketch and renowned prints. Rosenkranz, dwelling and instructing, like Kant, in distant Königsberg, displays on phenomena of contemporary city existence from a distance that ends up in severe illumination. The fight with modernization and idealist aesthetics makes Aesthetics of Ugliness, released 4 years prior to Baudelaire's Fleurs du Mal, highly proper to modernist scan in addition to to the twenty-first century theoretical revival of beauty.

Translated into English for the 1st time, Aesthetics of Ugliness is an necessary paintings for students and scholars of recent aesthetics and modernist artwork, literary reports and cultural concept, which essentially reworks conceptual understandings of what it capacity for a specific thing to be ugly.

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