Deep Formalism and the Emergence of Modernist Aesthetics
Those are used by Michalle Gal to formulate a definition of art in terms of a theory of Deep Formalism, setting aestheticism, which aspires to preserve the artistic medium, as a critique of the current linguistic-conceptual aesthetics that developed after the linguistic turn of aesthetics.
Aestheticism and Formalism
The second half of the 19th century faced an artistic-aesthetic campaign for emancipation, brought about by figures who were jointly aestheticians, artists, and critics. Support for a traditional aesthetic model of mimesis and morality was reduced, in favour of a new aestheticist model. The new model supported a conception of art as autonomous; it offered not only new aesthetics principles, but also a new form of criticism. This historical-philosophical change in theory naturally brought changes to our conception of the artistic medium. In what follows, I shall show how aestheticist theory and practice are materially infused into each other and develop a kind of symbolic aesthetics, which I shall call deep formalism or sometimes symbolic formalism.
For this purpose, I will use and transfigure terms used in the philosophy of language. The terminology of the philosophy of language was used by British-American aesthetics in the second half of the 20th century, and into the 21st century, to describe the artwork as necessarily symbolic. This aesthetics, which I call linguistic aesthetics or symbolic aesthetics, offers a conception of the artwork as a conceptual, transparent, and reflective symbol. It is a symbol whose core essence lies in its content. However, I will be using the terminology of the philosophy of language to offer this new symbolic-aestheticist theory, which defines the artwork as an opposite kind of symbol, unique in kind. My attempt is to offer a conception of an opaque, introversive, non-reflective yet productive symbol, whose essence lies in its...
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