I must admit that I am skeptical of this idea of ‘New Beauty’.
My question is, if we are talking about ‘new’ beauty, does this imply that we are sick of the ‘old’ stuff? Do we need a flex-fuel version to update our taste for Dave Hickey’s customized muscle car beauty? Or instead that we at some point lost contact with beauty and are now ready to become friends again?[or maybe we can simply ‘follow’ each other]
I am personally more compelled by the issues of gifts brought up yesterday. Although I would argue that Lewis Hyde’s The Gift now trumps Mauss as the appropriate text. Importantly, Hyde notes that in terms of art traits of gift exchange and commodities can exist simultaneously-and that they are not mutualy exclusive. It is a matter of emphasis which is crucial. Also, a ‘gift which cannot be given away ceases to be a gift’. So in what ways can we give our work away? Is the making/ presenting of it enough? Should we show up on the doorsteps of strangers sculptures in hand? Do we need to modify our practices to make them more conducive to gifting?
My suspicion is that some notions of beauty can be found through the unpacking of questions such as these.