By Karl Rosenkranz,Andrei Pop,Mechtild Widrich

during this key textual content within the background of paintings and aesthetics, Karl Rosenkranz exhibits ugliness to be the negation of attractiveness with out being reducible to evil, materiality, or different damaging phrases used it truly is traditional condemnation. This insistence at the specificity of ugliness, and on its dynamic prestige as a procedure afflicting aesthetic canons, displays Rosenkranz's curiosity within the city - like Walter Benjamin, he wrote on Paris and Berlin - and his voracious accumulating of sketch and renowned prints. Rosenkranz, dwelling and instructing, like Kant, in distant Königsberg, displays on phenomena of contemporary city existence from a distance that leads to serious illumination. The fight with modernization and idealist aesthetics makes Aesthetics of Ugliness, released 4 years sooner than Baudelaire's Fleurs du Mal, highly appropriate to modernist scan in addition to to the twenty-first century theoretical revival of beauty.

Translated into English for the 1st time, Aesthetics of Ugliness is an integral paintings for students and scholars of recent aesthetics and modernist artwork, literary experiences and cultural conception, which essentially reworks conceptual understandings of what it skill for something to be ugly.

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