Art in Progress: A Philosophical Response to the End of the by Maarten Doorman

By Maarten Doorman

During this hard and erudite philosophical essay, the writer argues that during paintings, trust in development continues to be suitable, if now not crucial. the unconventional freedoms of postmodernism have had a crippling impression on artwork – greater than ever prior to, artwork is at risk of turning into meaningless. paintings can simply gather which means via context, and the idea that of development is perfect because the basic criterion for setting up that context. heritage of artwork should be noticeable as a strategy of consistent accumulation. artworks touch upon one another, enriching each one other’s meanings. those complicated interrelationships result in growth in either the sensibility of the observer and the importance of the artworks.

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According to him, the Moderns, like the Ancients, generally stayed within the confines of a humanistic ideal of perfection. This ideal was at odds with later ideas of progress, because perfection was a static concept understood independently of its historical context and precluding an open future with various possibilities. In this perspective, the arts and sciences would one day reach a point in which perfection was achieved and after which further perfection would no longer be possible. 23 In Jauss’s reading, the ideal of perfection was central to both the Ancients and the Moderns.

18 In the latter case, the metaphor for life’s journey also implies the decay and degeneration of old age, but as the advocate of a perspective 34 from the ancients and the moderns: a door to the future art in progres 17-10-2003 16:55 Pagina 35 with an open future in which knowledge steadily accumulates, Fontenelle resisted this, as the above passage demonstrates. In the historiography of ideas of progress, such passages become more important than they were in the context of their original discussions.

While he did not deny all progress in art, he did believe progress in poetry was inversely related to progress in culture in general. 9 Herbert Spencer, on the other hand, integrated progress in the arts effortlessly into his description of an all-embracing process of development, by describing the arts in terms of a model of evolution. E. von Baer. He also went beyond evolution in the biological sense, linking his ideas on development to social theories, and ultimately conceiving an integrated ‘synthetic philosophy,’ a universal system in which biological, psychological, sociological, and ethical observations were described in an evolutionary light.

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