Aesthetics for Birds

Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art for Everyone

February 14, 2019
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Owning What Isn’t: Copyright and Conceptual Art

What follows is a guest post from Darren Hudson Hick (Texas Tech University). A few weeks back, as my aesthetics undergrads were taking their final exam, I was sitting in the back of the room, reading Susan M. Bielstein’s 2006 … Continue reading

January 31, 2019
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Sterling HolyWhiteMountain on Blood Quantum, Native Art, and Cultural Appropriation

Sterling HolyWhiteMountain interviewed by Matt Strohl Sterling HolyWhiteMountain grew up on the Blackfeet Reservation in northwest Montana. He holds a BA in English creative writing from the University of Montana and an MFA in fiction from the University of Iowa. He … Continue reading

December 4, 2017
by utahphilosoraptor
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Modern Art: a Cia Plot?

Short answer: no, but a great clickbait title. Long answer: it’s possible that the CIA promoted abstract expressionism as an expression of soft power, meant to contrast the individualism of American artists with the realism of Soviet-approved art. Either way, … Continue reading

October 25, 2017
by Alex King
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“To Open My Legs Is to Open My Mouth”: Sexuality and Art

In September this year, French-Luxembourgian performance artist Deborah De Robertis exposed her vagina in front of the Mona Lisa at the Louvre. A few days ago, she was acquitted of charges of sexual exhibitionism by Paris’s High Court. Why? Because (a) … Continue reading

October 17, 2017
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The Intrigue Of Anonymity

  Banksy arrested!  Unmasked!  Exposed! [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEGxUYxJYz0?rel=0&w=560&h=315] Breaking fake news, as it turns out, created by a guy who has developed an Andy-Kaufmanesque approach to creating hoaxes, delighting in particular when his hoaxes get picked up by mainstream news sites. … Continue reading

November 11, 2016
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*REMINDER* AFB x JAAC DISCUSSIONS #2: CHACKAL ON STREET ART

Just a reminder that the second AFB x JAAC Discussion this year will appear in one week, on Thursday, November 17! We will be discussing a paper by Tony Chackal (University of Georgia) called “Of Materiality and Meaning: The Illegality Condition in Street Art” from … Continue reading