about the future of Beauty
Beauty: Toward a New Aesthetics
by Bill Beckley (Editor), David Shapiro (Editor)
What ever happened to beauty? Since the late
1960s she seems to have been in exile. Postmodern artists traded her
in for flirtations with truth, strength, and purity of form. It was
then that women started stripping off their heavy makeup and Barbie
doll clothing in an effort to gain equal footing with men. And men,
anxious too to break some of society's molds, shed their business
suits and leisurewear -- then the paragons of male beauty. But as
art critic Dave Hickey unwittingly predicted during the '80s, that
quality -- which Plato believed to be eternal and absolute -- is the
"issue of the '90s."
After three decades of playing wallflower because she was thought
by many artists to be frivolous, easy, tired, and even shallow, beauty
is dancing again. Uncontrollable Beauty is filled with exciting essays
by artists, critics, curators, and philosophers whose definitions
of this elusive quality are often at odds with the Platonic ideal.
When beauty besets critic Peter Schjeldahl, his mind is "hyperalert,"
his body eases, and he is often aware of his "shoulders coming
down as unconscious muscular tension lets go." Renowned sculptor
Louise Bourgeois also experiences beauty as opposed to encountering
it: "Beauty is a series of experiences. It is not a noun ...
beauty in and of itself does not exist." Artist and coeditor
Bill Beckley blames beauty's banishment on Wittgenstein -- who, in
a 1938 lecture at Cambridge, said that beauty is most often meant
as an interjection "similar to Wow! or rubbing one's stomach"
-- and his undue influence on conceptual artists of the '60s and '70s.
Each essay collected here is rigorous in its definition of this elusive
yet powerful force in art and aesthetics. Taken together, the writings
are an invigorating read for artists and viewers alike.
and the Contemporary Sublime (Aesthetics Today)
by Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe
Refuting established views, this book questions today's ideas of beauty,
including those applied to contemporary art, and proposes a secular
theory of beauty as being glamorous rather than good, frivolous rather
on the Feeling of the Beautiful and Sublime
by Immanuel Kant
When originally published in 1960, this was the first complete English
translation since 1799 of Kant's early work on aesthetics. More literary
than philosophical, Observations shows Kant as a man of feeling
rather than the dry thinker he often seemed to readers of the three
by Umberto Eco
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but it also has a lot to do
with the beholder's cultural standards. In History of Beauty,
renowned author Umberto Eco sets out to demonstrate how every historical
era has had its own ideas about eye-appeal. Pages of charts that track
archetypes of beauty through the ages ("nude Venus," "nude
Adonis," and so forth) may suggest that this book is a historical
survey of beautiful people portrayed in art. But History of Beauty
is really about the history of philosophical and perceptual notions
of perfection and how they have been applied to ideas and objects,
as well as to the human body. This survey ranges over such themes
as the mathematics of ideal proportions, the problem of representing
ugliness, the fascination of the exotic and art for art's sake. Along
the way, the text examines the intersection of standards of beauty
with Christian belief, notions of the Sublime, the philosophies of
Kant and Hegel, and bourgeois culture. More than 300 illustrations
trace the history of Western art as it relates, in the broadest sense,
to the topic of beauty.
Yet despite its wealth
of information, History of Beauty is an odd and unsatisfying
book. Beginning with ancient Greece and ending with a too-brief chapter
on "The Beauty of the Media," the text focuses exclusively
(and unapologetically) on the Western world. Ultimately, it seems
that "beauty" serves simply as a sexy peg on which to hang
an abbreviated history of Western culture. Readers expecting a sophisticated
treatment of the subject will be surprised at the textbook-like design,
with numbered sections and boldfaced words keyed to small-type excerpts
from writings by thinkers ranging from Boethius to Barthes. The main
narrative (or perhaps the translation from the Italian?) can be ponderous
and awkward. Only nine of the 17 chapters were written by Eco; the
remainder are by lesser-known Italian novelist Girolamo de Michele.
All in all, it looks as though someone had the bright idea of translating
a textbook for Italian students into English, hoping to coast on the
fame of Eco's name. - Cathy Curtis
Talk about Cosmetic Surgery (Yale University Press Health & Wellness)
by Arthur W. Perry
The publics recent exuberance toward cosmetic surgery has spurred
an unprecedented demand for appearance-changing procedures. But how
can an average consumer discern the hype from solid truth? Which of
the many treatments available can fulfill the promise of a more youthful
look, or more beautiful skin, or a more pleasing body shape? Which
procedures dont work at all?
In this up-to-the-minute guide, Dr. Arthur W. Perry, a practicing
plastic surgeon for more than two decades, examines in close detail
each of todays surgical and nonsurgical procedures. In everyday
language, aided by more than a hundred illustrations, he assesses
the benefits and potential complications of legitimate treatments.
He also identifies and frankly discusses ineffective treatments. Dr.
Perrys empowering book guides you through the seductive and
somewhat slick world of cosmetic surgery. He offers criteria for selecting
good doctors and facilities. In short, he has written an essential
book for anyone who is contemplating cosmetic surgery or other skin-care
Includes expert advice on:
· Facial rejuvenation including lifts, wrinkle fillers, and
· Body contouring from liposuction and tummy tucks to breast
implants, reductions, and lifts
· Botox and laser treatments
· Avoiding fraud and procedures that dont work
· And much more
Complete Book of Incense, Oils and Brews (Llewellyn's Practical Magick)
by Scott Cunningham
One of the secrets of real magic is that it is controlled by the mind.
The more things in your ritual to help your mind associate with your
goal, the more powerful your ritual may be. Colored candles, scented
oils, natural incenses, and more all add to the impact of the magic
you wish to do.
But how do you know which incense to burn? Is it possible to add scented
oils together to get a more powerful oil? And how do you make your
own, appropriately-scented tools?
The answers to questions like these and hundreds more can be found
in The Complete Book of Incense, Oils & Brews by world-famous
author Scott Cunningham. This is a greatly expanded and rewritten
version of The Magic of Incenses, Oils and Brews. It includes over
100 new formulas, proportions for each element of the recipes (the
most requested feature from his previous book), how to substitute
ingredients, and much more. Besides the formulas, it also includes
the exact methods of making all of these scented tools, including
how to extract the essences from the herbs.
Each one of the formulas is precise and easy to make. Do you need
luck? Take 2 parts vetivert, 2 parts allspice, 1 part nutmeg, and
1 part calamus, grind them together as finely as possible, then sprinkle
the powder in a circle around you, beginning and ending in the East
and moving clockwise. Sit within this circle and absorb the powder's
energies. Also included are other ways to use magical powders that
will have you coming up with your own ideas for them, too.
There is a legion of recipes for incenses. There are three for the
sun and two for consecrating talismans. There are incenses for each
of the astrological signs and ones to help you study better and gain
success. You'll also find incenses for each of the planetary influences.
There are four for Saturn alone!
This compendium of magical lore is a vital tool for every magical
person on any magical path, whether you are a beginner or an expert.
Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry
by Stacy Malkan
Lead in lipstick? 1,4
dioxane in baby soap? Coal tar in shampoo? How is this possible? Simple.
The $35 billion cosmetics industry is so powerful theyve kept
themselves unregulated for decades. Not Just a Pretty Face chronicles
the quest that led a group of health and environmental activists to
the worlds largest cosmetics companies to ask some tough questions:
- Why do companies market
themselves as pink ribbon leaders in the fight against breast cancer,
yet use hormone-disrupting and carcinogenic chemicals that may contribute
to that very disease?
- Why do products used
by men and women of childbearing age contain chemicals linked to
birth defects and infertility?
As doors slammed in their
faces and the beauty myth peeled away, the industrys toxic secrets
began to emerge. This scathing investigation peels away less-than-lovely
layers to expose an industry in dire need of an extreme makeover.
The good news is that while the major multinational companies fight
for their right to use hazardous chemicals, entrepreneurs are developing
safer non-toxic technologies and building businesses on the values
of health, justice and personal empowerment.
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