EPUB The Invisible Dragon: Four Essays on Beauty
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Ier to swallow As "is often the case with Hickey s work I continue to struggle with to what extent " often the case with Hickey s work I continue to struggle with to what extent swallow Hickey s argument but his ideas stay with me long after I ve put down the book This is a smart book about the nature of beauty and desire and the role of parental organizations in contemporary societyHickey s basic premise is that beauty is the agency of visual pleasure This notion puts Hickey in opposition with a lot of art criticism which is largely concerned with how art is good or you Most theorists and scholars are primarily interested in what the art is saying ie interested in art s virtue and ethics but not with its efficacyHickey however argues that it doesn t matter what the text is saying if we don t take into account its efficacy with any particular viewerFor example we don t analyze a movie unless we like it I still don t know if Pulp Fiction The Silence or His Girl Friday are good Escaping the Endless Adolescence: How We Can Help Our Teenagers Grow Up Before They Grow Old for me but because I like them I constantly think about them and because I constantly think about them I ponder their possible social virtues and individual psychological and ethical effects Basically Hickey argues that any work s efficacy is as important if not so than its ethical virtue ie whether or not its goodor youHickey explores the reasons why is it good
For You Replaced Doyou replaced do like it and deals with the modern roles of institutions with nods to Foucault and J Jacobs in relation to regulating desire Hickey s a wonderful writer The prose is Dogs Behaving Badly: An A-Z Guide to Understanding and Curing Behavorial Problems in Dogs fast vivid and jocose Worthwhileor anyone interested in art or beauty This book is a slow read Mainly because just about every two pages Hickey drops some idea on you that makes you want to stop reading take a walk and ponder Or maybe I am a slow read I love it Beauty versus the beautiful beauty versus meaning beauty versus the marketArt as a omenting agent of revolution The artistic institution as the subduer of alternative visionI would be very oolish to say what Mr Hickey was or was not espousing he s way too smart and articulate and my vocabulary is not up to the task but my humble take on the essays in The Invisible Dragon would be thus when we change the way we look at things the things we look at change and perhaps when we change the we speak of things the things we speak of change No sign of laggingWith this revised and expanded edition Hickey is back to an the lames More manifesto than polite discussion call to action than critici. S in democracies particularly our democracy in the US His claim is that
beauty orms new constituencies around itself That makes sense Think about the wayforms new constituencies around itself That makes sense Think about the way hop spread or Tarantino or Cindy Sherman or anything that YOU passionately LOVE But what he also claims is that democracies allow Liar for aaster spread of these constituencies of beauty That also makes some sense The Taliban Noir for example aren t that interested in idolatry And that s what Hickey is really talking about idolatry Paganism His claim is that the US is secretly pagan But I think he s wrong I think that the cosmopolitan areas are explicitly pagan New York City definitely is Paris was at the turn of the century as was London before it In a decade Shanghai might become an even cosmopolitan and pagan city But idolatry and paganism cluster in cities Or at least that s what thisormer small town kid has seen It s not a particularly American thing but a cosmopolitan thing and we will continue to have it as long as we remain idolatrous and pagan as long as we remain cosmopolitan which I think we re losing As Air Guitar is one of my avorite pieces of criticism I approached the prospect of reading of Hickey s
work with enthusiasm bordering on mania However while The Invisible Dragon shows Hickeys humor and insight to be as strongwith enthusiasm bordering on mania However while The Invisible Dragon shows Hickeys humor and insight to be as strong ever it reads in some respects as humorously outdated With the exception of one piece the book is primarily a re print of essays published over 15 years ago and as Hickey himself points out in the introduction they are all concerned with ighting a battle that was mostly
a decade agoIndeed the essays are primarily structured as a defense of beauty written at a time when beauty artwork was a much maligned phenomenon It s indicative that impetus to write the book rose Gaffer from a desire to defend Mapplethorpe around the time that the NEA was under attackor having supported his work an artist now so canonized that the idea of his needing a defense borders on absurd Nonetheless despite the datedness of the politics Hickey persuasively argues that beauty in artwork can be a powerful agent or social change Indeed the only way new ideas can be tolerated as he sees it is if the viewer is initially anesthetized by the beauty it makes the harsh newness eas. Reconsideration of beauty and savaged by theoretically oriented critics who dismissed the very concept of beauty as naive igniting a debate that has shown. ,won a decade agoIndeed the essays are primarily structured as a defense of beauty written at a time when beauty