Art in the streets

Street artists are placing their bets on a new artistic practice, a new medium for art-making – one that ignores the institutional structures of the artworld, and rejects their role as arbiters of
Street artists are placing their bets on a new artistic practice, a new medium for art-making – one that ignores the institutional structures of the artworld, and rejects their role as arbiters of [More]

On Being a Graphite Technician

One of my core aesthetic principles is that if I can do something, then it is not art. While this is (mostly) intended to be humorous, it is well founded—I have no artistic talent. Despite this, or
One of my core aesthetic principles is that if I can do something, then it is not art. While this is (mostly) intended to be humorous, it is well founded—I have no artistic talent. Despite this, or [More]

Beauty and the brain

Can you imagine a concert hall full of chimpanzees sitting, concentrated, and feeling 'transported' by the beauty of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony? Even harder would be to imagine a chimpanzee feeling
Can you imagine a concert hall full of chimpanzees sitting, concentrated, and feeling 'transported' by the beauty of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony? Even harder would be to imagine a chimpanzee feeling [More]

Julian Barnes on art

Oh, the glory of being a budding modernist in 1964. Picasso, Eliot, Pound, and Stravinsky were still alive. For Julian Barnes, their examples would inform a lifetime of looking…
Oh, the glory of being a budding modernist in 1964. Picasso, Eliot, Pound, and Stravinsky were still alive. For Julian Barnes, their examples would inform a lifetime of looking… [More]

Announcement: IAI’s 2015 Festival on Art and Philosophy

The Institute of Art and Ideas has just posted the schedule for their upcoming 2015 festival “HowTheLightGetsIn” and early bird tickets are on sale now.
The Institute of Art and Ideas has just posted the schedule for their upcoming 2015 festival “HowTheLightGetsIn” and early bird tickets are on sale now. [More]

Novel as Protestant Art

The history of literature is not tidy, and the path of the modern novel is particularly long and improbable. Can its origins be traced to Protestantism?…
The history of literature is not tidy, and the path of the modern novel is particularly long and improbable. Can its origins be traced to Protestantism?… [More]

IAI Conversation on Irony and Understanding

With the ever-increasing number of voices trying to be heard, artists and critics are working harder than ever to differentiate themselves. Their tactics range from the outrageous to the sublime. The use of irony is one of those ways. But is the modern use of irony constructive or does it simply tear down people and ideas. This IAI conversation considers these questions and more. [More]

Can art still shock?

Shock is no longer chic. We’re right to be weary, but we’ve become too weary. Is offensive art still possible?…
Shock is no longer chic. We’re right to be weary, but we’ve become too weary. Is offensive art still possible?… [More]

Uses of Art

Like a Victorian social reformer, Alain de Botton wants to lead the masses away from shallow consumerism. And he wants to make buck…
Like a Victorian social reformer, Alain de Botton wants to lead the masses away from shallow consumerism. And he wants to make buck… [More]

Culinary imagination

For Robert Burns (haggis), Virginia Woolf (sausage, haddock), and Emily Dickinson (Black Cake), appetite was important to art…
For Robert Burns (haggis), Virginia Woolf (sausage, haddock), and Emily Dickinson (Black Cake), appetite was important to art… [More]