Aesthetic Relativism

A work of art is anything that anyone has ever considered a work of art, though it may be a work of art for only that one person.

John Carey, Oxford Professor of English Literature quoted by Anthony O’Hear who goes on to point out the consequence:

… if there are no genuine judgments of quality in art, then the whole phenomenon of art…is reduced to the exercise of power relations. The artists who count, like the celebrities that count, are those who have most power over the media and the critical elite, and who are most powerfully promoted by the most powerful promoters and publicists.

O’Hear,  Plato’s Children, 2005, p.64-65


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