AESTHETICS FOR BIRDS

Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art for Everyone


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“…AS ORNITHOLOGY IS FOR THE BIRDS” BY DONALD BROOK

Almost everyone takes Barnett Newman’s remark that ‘Aesthetics is for the artist as Ornithology is for the birds’ to be insightfully true.

In spite of this the sense in which it is true is seldom clearly spelled out, and the sense in which it is not true is almost universally ignored despite the obvious ease with which it can be spelled out. Continue reading