Aesthetics for Birds

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September 21, 2017
by Matt Strohl
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Against Rotten Tomatoes

Rotten Tomatoes was in the news this summer, as reports were made that the teams behind the Baywatch reboot and most recent Pirates of the Caribbean installment blame the critical aggregator for the films’ poor performance at the box office.  … Continue reading

April 18, 2017
by utahphilosoraptor
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MARY BETH WILLARD REVISITS “FEARLESS GIRL” STATUE

What follows is a guest post by Mary Beth Willard (Weber State University) When I last wrote about Fearless Girl, I observed that the meaning of the little Bull-challenging statue will lie in its interaction with the public, who for … Continue reading

March 13, 2017
by Aesthetics for Birds
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JERRY SALTZ: BAD ART CANNOT BECOME GOOD IN NEW CONTEXTS

Another entry in philosophy-meets-the-artworld: Famous art critic Jerry Saltz weighs in on Vulture about Robert Longo’s All You Zombies: Truth Before God, which was recently installed at the Whitney. Saltz writes of ‘badness’ as a “metaphysical constant”: Can older bad art … Continue reading

February 21, 2017
by Aesthetics for Birds
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CAN #SELFIES BE ART? SAATCHI SAYS YES

I’m going to go ahead and say Saatchi isn’t really that cutting edge on this one. People have been doing self-portraits for a long-ass time. Maybe those don’t count as “selfies” though? In any event, the famous Saatchi Gallery will host … Continue reading

January 20, 2017
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CITIZEN TRUMP: AN INAUGURATION DAY SPECIAL FROM AFB

Did you know that Donald Trump’s favorite movie is Citizen Kane? Did you know that the famed film director (and one-time Berkeley philosophy PhD candidate) Errol Morris interviewed him about it? And did you know that LitHub’s Anthony Audi interviewed Errol … Continue reading

October 18, 2016
by rebeccavictoriamillsop
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KELLEY WALKER & A MANIFESTO FOR THE ARTWORLD INSTITUTION

Perhaps you heard about the recent controversy at Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis: Since opening in mid-September at CAM, a solo exhibition of white male artist Kelley Walker has been under fire over a series of works that appropriate images … Continue reading

October 11, 2016
by rebeccavictoriamillsop
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REALLY, SERIOUSLY THE ARTWORLD — FRIEZE LONDON

One of the most artworld-of-artworld events took place last week in London: Frieze. Everyone and anyone wanting to be in-the-know is probably already paying attention. But in case you’re not… Why is Frieze such a big deal? Well, all eyes are … Continue reading