William James (often referred to as the father of modern psychology) was greatly impressed with what he believed to be the distinction between classical and modern art. In ancient Greek art, he argued, lay the quintessence of all reality. There the artist’s idea runs through all his creation allowing it to lose any amount of detail and still smile as freely as before. A … Read More La Passione di Roma & the difference between modern and classical art
The night before last, my husband and I attended the Royal Shakespeare Company’s new production of Antony and Cleopatra at Stratford-upon-Avon. Because we’ve enjoyed everything we’ve seen there before, we were sorely disappointed when the play failed to live up to our expectations. From the lack of enthusiastic clapping as the last act culminated into closing bows, we concluded we weren’t the only ones … Read More Psychological Integration in Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra
With the sun still in Gemini (ideas) and the moon moving to Taurus (desire), the tarot card for today and tomorrow is the Seven of Cups. On a divinatory level, the Seven of Cups represents an emotionally charged situation where we’re overwhelmed with possibilities–faced not only with the challenge of choosing but also with acting realistically and responsibly in regards to our choice. Unlike … Read More Today and Tomorrow are Seven of Cups Days
Art commands special status and support from states, corporations, and the public at large. Art is not just a matter of profits – indeed some art is extremely unprofitable. Art is of enduring cultural esteem and concern. Yet given its importance, surprisingly there is no accepted definition of art. Most philosophers believe that simply being entertaining is not enough. Similarly defining ‘art’ in terms … Read More When is Fiction Art and Why Does it Matter?