We shall be better, braver, and more active men if we believe it right to look for what we don’t know.
- So personally, I understand the idea that context can increase appreciation, but I wonder if the appreciation derived from context whether it's historical, cultural, a technical feat, a breakthrough etc, ceases to be an aesthetic appreciation and turns into another kind, a non-aesthetic type of appreciation. For example, when one appreciates the Impressionists for breaking away from the old traditions and reigning in the new modern art world, is that aesthetic appreciation or historical appreciation? When a piece of art work represents cultural values, such as that of Tchaikovsky, and one appreciates it for its reminder of pride in the culture, is that aesthetic appreciation? When one admires a new post-modern work for doing something in a new way, is that an appreciation of innovation or aesthetics? When a ballet dancer does a quintuple pirouette, is that aesthetic appreciation or technical appreciation? I kind of feel like there is a distinction between aesthetic appreciation and non-aesthetic appreciation. (Not that non-aesthetic appreciation is necessarily a bad thing, just trying to make a distinction.) I am not quite talking about artistic-intentionality and whether or not we should be interpreting a piece of art according to the artist's intentions. I'm not talking about interpretation at all really, just appreciation.
- I know that I have some artist followers and some appreciators of art. As some of you may know, I am both a dance and philosophy major in college. Something that I have been interested in lately is the debate in aesthetics as to whether or not aesthetic appreciation is just a state of mind or it needs some kind of context. For example, in order to appreciate a piece of ancient Greek art, do I need to know the context of why it was created and at what time it was created to appreciate it, or can I just simply look at it for just visual pleasure to appreciate it?
- I have been dying to conversate with someone about this for quite some time.