Aesthetics of the Margins / The Margins of Aesthetics: Wild Art Explained

December 14, 2018|
Aesthetics of the Margins / The Margins of Aesthetics: Wild Art Explained by David Carrier
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“Wild Art” refers to work that exists outside the established, rarified world of art galleries and cultural channels. It encompasses uncatalogued, uncommodified art not often recognized as such, from graffiti to performance, self-adornment, and beyond. Picking up from their breakthrough book on the subject, Wild Art, David Carrier and Joachim Pissarro here delve into the ideas driving these forms of art, inquire how it came to be marginalized, and advocate for a definition of “taste,” one in which each expression is acknowledged as being different while deserving equal merit.

Arguing that both the “art world” and “wild art” have the same capacity to produce aesthetic joy, Carrier and Pissarro contend that watching skateboarders perform Christ Air, for example, produces the same sublime experience in one audience that another enjoys while taking in a ballet; therefore, both mediums deserve careful reconsideration. In making their case, the two provide a history of the institutionalization of “taste” in Western thought, point to missed opportunities for its democratization in the past, and demonstrate how the recognition and acceptance of “wild art” in the present will radically transform our understanding of contemporary visual art in the future.

Provocative and optimistic, Aesthetics of the Margins / The Margins of Aesthetics rejects the concept of “kitsch” and the high/low art binary, ultimately challenging the art world to become a larger and more inclusive place.

David Carrier retired as Champney Family Professor, a post divided between Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Art. He previously had been Professor of Philosophy at Carnegie Mellon University. His numerous publications include A World Art History and Its Objects, The Aesthetics of Comics, Principles of Art H...
Title:Aesthetics of the Margins / The Margins of Aesthetics: Wild Art ExplainedFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:240 pages, 8.1 X 6.1 X 0.7 inShipping dimensions:240 pages, 8.1 X 6.1 X 0.7 inPublished:December 14, 2018Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0271081139

ISBN - 13:9780271081137

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