Philosophy of Rasa (रस); Indian Aesthetics

Indian Aesthetics – The Rasa (रस) Theory as formulated by Bharata and later explicated and enriched by Ānandavardhana and Abhinavagupta constitutes the Central Tradition in Indian aesthetics. Indian aesthetic thinking is primarily audience- or reader-oriented and the center of much discussion is the response of the readers. But we should bear in mind that the word rasa denotes, apart from the reader’s aesthetic experience, the creative … Continue reading Philosophy of Rasa (रस); Indian Aesthetics

Trash, Art and Movies | Pauline Kael

Oh yes, I’ve committed celluloid blasphemy – I once told a friend that I didn’t quite enjoy Kurosawa movies. Needless to say, he was aghast. Truth is I just didn’t enjoy the movie. It probably was all the background about his genius that did not allow me to watch a movie the way I like to watch a movie. That time, I couldn’t explain to my friend … Continue reading Trash, Art and Movies | Pauline Kael

Article: Artification, Fine Art, and the Myth of “the Artist”

Along with the ideal of the artist as spontaneous creative genius, no aspect of the new image of “the artist” was more important than the belief in the artist’s absolute freedom and independence, an ideal that developed in response to artists’ actual dependence on the market economy and the glut of people drawn into fine art by the exalted image of the artist. The new … Continue reading Article: Artification, Fine Art, and the Myth of “the Artist”