By Mechtild Widrich
In this key textual content within the historical past of artwork and aesthetics, Karl Rosenkranz exhibits ugliness to be the negation of good looks with out being reducible to evil, materiality, or different damaging phrases used it is traditional condemnation. This insistence at the specificity of ugliness, and on its dynamic prestige as a technique afflicting aesthetic canons, displays Rosenkranz's curiosity within the city - like Walter Benjamin, he wrote on Paris and Berlin - and his voracious gathering of sketch 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 earlier than Baudelaire's Fleurs du Mal, highly correct to modernist test 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 recent aesthetics and modernist artwork, literary reviews and cultural conception, which essentially reworks conceptual understandings of what it ability for a specific thing to be ugly.
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