Poetics vs. Aesthetics .docx

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Visual Arts History
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Visual Arts History 2191F/G

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Poetics vs. Aesthetics Monday, October 1, 2012  Boris Groys  Post-Modern perspective  Kant says the relevance and meaning of the work of art does not relate to the object itself but the physiology of the reaction it creates in the spectator (today these would be defined at triggers in different areas of the brain)  Aesthetic attitude = spectators attitude  Kant says that art should give something to the viewer (a pleasurable experience) - Modern art does not do that  Kant said “everything is in the mind of the beholder not in the work itself” and urged people to refine their own taste which eventually made art itself less important then the spectators opinion – began the disappearance of the art object  Nature and capitalism created aesthetic realities outside of art and triumphed over it. (Visual stimulants are available everywhere not just in art and in urging people to trust their own aesthetic attitude Kant pushed people to appreciating these areas)  Aesthetic reflections on art began in the late 18 century – a
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