The essence of modern art is the negation of beauty. The value of beauty – along with its association with the sacred – is inverted. Ugliness and vulgarity are now put forward as ‘art.’
The method for how this is done:
Beauty has two forms: 1) beauty-without-form (generalised beauty), 2) and beauty-with-form (the beauty of particular things.) There is, additionally, the perennial connection between the aesthetic and the sacred.
This gives three means of inverting beauty:
- Inversion of beauty-without-form
- Inversion of beauty-with-form
- Inversion of aesthetic/sacred link
We will begin by looking at 1) beauty-without-form.