I’d like to challenge you to read one of Paul’s essays each week for the next 14 weeks! I’ll do it if you do it!
Download the essays for free from Mathieu’s website here: http://www.paulmathieu.ca/theartofthefuture/The%20Art%20of%20the%20Future.pdf
Chapter One, that is Essay One is entitled The Classical Esthetics: The Constancy of Form. Mathieu writes it while in China rationalizing the presence of Greek architecture and goes on to make an example of Greek pots in rationalizing forms and the odd context we place them in. My favorite tid bit is as follows:
Art History has this tendency to reposition objects in time, dissociating them from their original context and thus their original meaning. The consequences of this mindset are still with us today in our evaluation of art works and art practices.
My initial reaction was, well ya, of course. But if you really ponder that one we begin to let it sink in the fonduing principles of esthetics disseminated by the ever powerful and validating Art History as even more peculiar. All the more reason to read on!
Do you accept my challenge?