Simultaneously, Mansfield re-evaluates the aestheticism
that first presented her with a model to intensify experience, to commit to an excessive, and non-conformist, approach to life.
I would be interested to know whether aestheticism
presupposed postmodernism--as Lyotard claimed to think--or vice versa; else whether Wildean paradox is merely the nineteenth-century euphemism for the modernist impulse.
Sinfield writes that an important impact on the public imagination "helped to produce a major shift in perceptions of the scope of same-sex passion" and the solidification of a queer image: "the entire, vaguely disconcerting nexus of effeminacy, leisure, idleness, immorality, luxury, insouciance, decadence and aestheticism
, which Wilde was perceived, variously, as instantiating, was transformed into a brilliantly precise image" (3).
When we consider "Decay" not (or not only) as the defining statement of British Aestheticism
that it so often becomes for critics but as one product of the cultural dialogue that brought a variety of aestheticisms
into conversation, our perceptions of Wilde and the doctrine now synonymous with him begin to change.
One suspects that for aestheticism
here we need to read emotionalism or some such like.
The programme itself was a tasteful medley of literary aestheticism
. The last act of Shakespeare's revenge tragedy 'Hamlet' stole the show with a scintillating performance by students of the English Department.
This had a notable impact on Western decorative arts, greatly influencing two major artistic movements in Europe, namely aestheticism
and art nouveau.
This pose of decorous cultivation is consistent with the traditional role of the Chinese courtesan, and Lin's celebration of this role has a clear rearguard and reactionary implication, especially in light of the Maoist feminism that sent women into factories and propelled them into politics, in keeping with Mao's own apothegm: "Women uphold half the sky." The traditionalism and the aestheticism
of Lin's tableaux seem inextricable, as if representing different facets of the same antidote to the pain of modernity, the one inconceivable without the other.
It is fortunate that the show has been mounted this year, while 'The Pre-Raphaelite Lens' at the Musee d'Orsay and 'The Cult of Beauty' at the V&A are still fresh in the memory--Grimshaw's art makes much more sense in the context of photography and Aestheticism
. The revelation of the Paris exhibition was of the symbiotic relationship that existed between the newly-invented medium of photography and the early work of the young Pre-Raphaelites.
Possible-Impossible: conceptual designs for urban aestheticism
[exhibition of sculpture, digital photography, text] - Until October 31 (Mon-Fri 3pm-7pm)
According to Dennis Denisoff's article "Decadence and Aestheticism
," "aesthetic doctrine ...