Saturday, April 15, 2017

Brushstrokes: A Film Against Prejudice by Ken Kimmelman

This Emmy award winning, animated film by Ken Kimmelman, Filmaker, Educator and Aesthetic Realism Consultant has changed the lives of many young people as they see, through art and humor, the "ridiculousness of prejudice."  We see visually the contempt that Aesthetic Realism describes as the basis of all prejudice and racism, and we are kinder.  I respect the imagination present in this film and want educators everywhere to know of it, especially at this time in history.  I present to you,

Friday, April 14, 2017

Aesthetic Realism Asks: What is Art For?

I love this wonderful issue of the international periodical, The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known titled, "What is Art For?,' written by Eli Siegel, the founder of Aesthetic Realism.  In it, he discusses passages from a work that is a staple in art education: "Art Through the Ages," written by Helen Gardner, a Professor at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1936 and greatly respected as critic by Mr. Siegel.  "All beauty," he stated, "is the making one of opposites, and the making one of opposites is what we are going after in ourselves."  And he proceeds, in a scholarly and delightful manner, to illustrate this landmark principle through specific passages in Gardner's great work.  Enjoy this fine article!