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By Karl Rosenkranz,Andrei Pop,Mechtild Widrich

during this key textual content within the heritage of artwork and aesthetics, Karl Rosenkranz exhibits ugliness to be the negation of good looks with out being reducible to evil, materiality, or different damaging phrases used it truly is traditional condemnation. This insistence at the specificity of ugliness, and on its dynamic prestige as a strategy afflicting aesthetic canons, displays Rosenkranz's curiosity within the city - like Walter Benjamin, he wrote on Paris and Berlin - and his voracious gathering of sketch and well known prints. Rosenkranz, residing and educating, like Kant, in distant Königsberg, displays on phenomena of contemporary city existence from a distance that ends up in serious illumination. The fight with modernization and idealist aesthetics makes Aesthetics of Ugliness, released 4 years earlier than Baudelaire's Fleurs du Mal, highly appropriate to modernist scan in addition to to the twenty-first century theoretical revival of beauty.

Translated into English for the 1st time, Aesthetics of Ugliness is an vital paintings for students and scholars of recent aesthetics and modernist artwork, literary stories and cultural conception, which essentially reworks conceptual understandings of what it ability for a specific thing to be ugly.

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