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Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art announces digital publication 'The Strangeness of Beauty'
The Metamorphosis, 2020. Oil and mixed media on canvas, 46 x 55 x 10 cm.

LONDON.- Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art is presenting The Strangeness of Beauty, an online project examining the notion of aesthetics in contemporary art. Curated by Ziba Ardalan, Founder, Artistic and Executive Director of Parasol unit, the project takes place on our website and each week we present a new issue of contributions from invited artists, writers, curators and art professionals responding to questions surrounding the phenomena of beauty and strangeness within contemporary art practice.

It is probably true to say that from the onset of their creative work, artists confront the concept of beauty and aesthetics, even though they may go against it later in their career. According to the philosopher Denis Dutton, beauty is far more than a passing thought or feeling, rather our response to it arises from deep within our mind – from our ancestral past. Within the development of contemporary art, we know that conceptualism, or the art of ideas, and its many ramifications increasingly became the overriding criteria in the work of artists during the second half of the twentieth century, and thus largely replaced the discourse on beauty. Later, political art reinforced such tendencies and beauty was relegated to being somewhat kitsch and peripheral.

The Romantic poet and writer Edgar Allan Poe, in his 1838 book Ligeia: Short Stories, explored the interconnectedness between beauty and strangeness. Describing the facial features of Ligeia, one of the story’s characters, Poe noted that ‘There is no exquisite beauty … without some strangeness in the proportion.’ Indeed, it seems that Poe believed strangeness to be an essential ingredient of beauty. Now, nearly 200 years later, amidst countless discussions about political art, racial issues and matters threatening the planet and its inhabitants, it does seem worthwhile to once more bring the relationship between strangeness and beauty to the table and open up the conversation with various thinkers. In these brief conversations, the Director/Curator takes immense interest in asking each invited guest whether strangeness and beauty have been at all relevant in their practice.

Curated by Ziba Ardalan, this online series will include twelve issues continuing through 24 March 2021.

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