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Художествено творчество или авторски произвол?
Artistic Creation or Arbitrariness?

Author(s): Ivan Stefanov
Subject(s): Philosophy, Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Aesthetics, Sociology of Art
Published by: Институт по философия и социология при БАН
Keywords: Ortega-y-Gasset; Breton; Adorno; Mukařovský; Gadamer; avant-garde art; aesthetical norm; arbitrariness; artistic form; scandal;

Summary/Abstract: The firm maxim of the old aesthetics, postulating that art can develop only within the framework of tradition, was subjected to radical critique in the second half of the 19th and first half of the 20th century by modernist painters. The destructive work of avant-garde artists assumed the form of absolute rejection of the old aesthetical norms and rules. This practically meant that, based on the free use of whimsicality (useful for such artists), the creative imagination was completely emancipated. Thus, pluralism of experimentation replaced creation, thereby turning the sphere of art into something like a minefield. Perhaps that is what Marcel Duchamp’s ironic work, “Mona Lisa with mustache” meant to express… The mediating factor that the avant-garde implemented into the work of art, can most precisely be designated today as “creative arbitrariness”, inasmuch as this is the actual support of modern innovative art.

  • Issue Year: XXX/2021
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 17-30
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: Bulgarian