Fine Art

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The Oxford Dictionary defines Fine Art as: 1. creative art, especially visual art whose products are to be appreciated primarily or solely for their imaginative, aesthetic, or intellectual content. ‘The convergence of popular culture and fine art’. 2. an activity requiring great skill or accomplishment. ‘The fine art of drinking tequila’. And the Cambridge Dictionary says: Drawings, paintings, and sculptures …

Adorno and Aesthetics

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I have been reading Theodor Adorno of late, and in particular Brian O’Connor’s excellent introduction to his work. Here are a few of the many notes that I have taken on O’Connor’s book and others. I am particularily taken with his approach to ‘mimesis’. ‘Mimesis … is not another name for the subject-object relationship. It is the pre-conceptual human desire to …