Sunday, June 19, 2016
How great art can be revived
Beauty has a spiritual presence in itself regarding art, but I think religion and philosophy are at least partly responsible for the rejection of beauty in Western art with their denigration of materialism and therefore realism, due largely to the false duality declared between materialism (realism) and spiritualism (idealism).
In the hierarchy of ideals which have described Godhood I probably like “Beauty” best because it seems closer to real material life and the evolution of real life to supermaterial Godhood. The choice of beauty is brought back into the real world in relation to success in survival and reproduction. Materialism is this way not denigrated in the evolution of material life to supermaterial Godhood, it is celebrated.
A thing of beauty is a joy forever said Keats, but what is the meaning of “forever”? It is material and supermaterial evolution which goes on forever, and beauty develops through evolution. Tradition and conservatism are defined as saving the best of the past while evolving toward the best of the future, and evolution is the key term in that dynamic.
Evolutionary realism explores both the real and yet unreal world to come in the religious-philosophical world of theological materialism, using lessons from past art, which have been aborted by modern art.
This is how I think great art can be revived.