Contemporary Art and Environmental Aesthetics

Samantha Clark

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Aesthetic debates within contemporary art have been tangential to the debates in environmental aesthetics since the 1960s. I argue that these disciplines, having evolved separately in response to the limitations of traditional aesthetics, may now usefully inform each other. Firstly, the dematerialisation of art as the focus of aesthetic experience may have environmentally useful consequences. Secondly, Gablik's 'connective aesthetics', like Berleant's 'aesthetics of engagement', folds aesthetic experience into the social as a kind of environmental aesthetics. Thirdly, contemporary art's flexible readings of 'framing' can respond to 'frameless' natural environments, and finally, Kester's 'dialogical aesthetics' may be enriched by Berleant's systematic account of 'contextual aesthetics'.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)351-371
Number of pages21
JournalEnvironmental Values
Volume19
Issue number3
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Publication statusPublished - Aug 2010

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Clark, Samantha. / Contemporary Art and Environmental Aesthetics. In: Environmental Values. 2010 ; Vol. 19, No. 3. pp. 351-371.
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