Furthermore, ‘communication’ is not the best word for what I have in mind because it implies an unwarranted intention about the content represented.
Aesthetic responses are often underdetermined by the artist’s intentions.
An older brother who sneaks up behind his younger sibling and shouts “Booo! But isn’t the difference between this and a Freddy Krueger movie just one of degree?
On the other hand, my definition would exclude graphics used in advertising or political propaganda, as they are created as a means to an end and not for their own sakes.
Art is a means to state an opinion or a feeling, or else to create a different view of the world, whether it be inspired by the work of other people or something invented that’s entirely new.
Beauty is whatever aspect of that or anything else that makes an individual feel positive or grateful.
Similarly, the aesthetic attitude requires you to treat artistic experience as an : art asks us to arrive empty of preconceptions and attend to the way in which we experience the work of art.
And although a person can have an ‘aesthetic experience’ of a natural scene, flavor or texture, art is different in that it is .
The game changers – the square pegs, so to speak – are those who saw traditional standards of beauty and decided specifically to go against them, perhaps just to prove a point.
Take Picasso, Munch, Schoenberg, to name just three.