To Be Human Is to Be in Aesthetics - A Brief Practical Introduction to Aesthetics and the Function of Art
The work of London born Los Angeles-based artist Walead Beshty spans a range of media and methods (from photography to ceramics, canvas to kinetic sculpture). He has been exhibited and collected widely over the past two decades, while in tandem he has maintained active curatorial, teaching, and writing practices. In this course, Beshty will provide a general introduction to aesthetics from a practical perspective. Starting with the Greek origin of the term, participants with be given a broad view of the discipline spanning the vernacular, instrumental, and fine art forms, concluding with a discussion of contemporary artistic methodologies, and the socio-political effects of aesthetic practice, both its potentials and its limitations.