By Mechtild Widrich
In this key textual content within the historical past of paintings and aesthetics, Karl Rosenkranz indicates ugliness to be the negation of good looks with out being reducible to evil, materiality, or different damaging phrases used it really is traditional condemnation. This insistence at the specificity of ugliness, and on its dynamic prestige as a procedure afflicting aesthetic canons, displays Rosenkranz's curiosity within the city - like Walter Benjamin, he wrote on Paris and Berlin - and his voracious accumulating of cartoon and well known prints. Rosenkranz, dwelling and educating, like Kant, in distant Königsberg, displays on phenomena of contemporary city existence from a distance that ends up in serious illumination. The fight with modernization and idealist aesthetics makes Aesthetics of Ugliness, released 4 years prior to Baudelaire's Fleurs du Mal, highly correct to modernist scan in addition to to the twenty-first century theoretical revival of beauty.
Translated into English for the 1st time, Aesthetics of Ugliness is an essential paintings for students and scholars of contemporary aesthetics and modernist artwork, literary reports and cultural concept, which essentially reworks conceptual understandings of what it ability for a specific thing to be ugly.
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