Aesthetic Realism & Art: Does Art Answer the Questions of Our Lives?
At the opening of the Terrain Gallery, February 26, 1955, Eli Siegel’s historic explanation of beauty was first presented to the public—the Fifteen Questions, Is Beauty the Making One of Opposites? In these years, hundreds of paintings, prints, sculpture, photographs and drawings by numerous artists have been shown with comment based on these magnificent questions.
Visit the Terrain Gallery website, read A Brief History, see great Art Criticism based on Aesthetic Realism, on Bruegel, Van Gogh, Matisse, Chardin, Pop Art, Guston, Homer, Indiana, Lange, Magritte, Corbusier…and more!
♦ “Can We Be Expansive & Contained Like Van Gogh’s Starry Night?” A talk I gave in the series at the Terrain Gallery “How Art Answers the Questions of Your Life,”
♦ “I Learned about Imagination,” An article about the chapter “Imagination, Reality, Aesthetics” from Eli Siegel’s Self and World as I studied the difference between good and bad imagination—with examples from my own life, Karl Menninger’s The Open Mind, and the art of Lewis Carroll.
♦ An aspect of my self-expression has been as an artist. The study of art has been for most of my life, and I’ve had the pleasure and honor to continue to study and learn in classes for visual artists at the Aesthetic Realism Foundation taught by Chaim Koppelman, Marcia Rackow, and the Critical Inquiry taught by Dorothy Koppelman.
Below is a painting I did in December, 2015. It has been a warm winter, and the leaves of many colors were still on the trees in Tompkins Square Park, on Avenue A and 9th Street, in NYC. I was affected by the fact that clothes for the homeless had been placed on the lower fence, so people in need could take them. The clothes were of many colors too, they were, as the leaves and trees were, orderly and disorderly, curving downward on the fence, while the trees were bursting with color.
And a sampling of my paintings and photographs: