April 17-18, 2015
Kansas City, Missouri
Join us as we explore beauty's role in saving the world.

The Contemporary Art World: Where Has All the Beauty Gone?

The contemporary fine-art world and the culture at large are not always easy worlds to navigate. If one looks only at the mainstream media and headlines from the popular tastemakers it would seem that much of the beauty, meaning, and significance that once inspired some of the greatest works of art in history have largely been forgotten. But beauty does exist in the contemporary art world . . . if one knows where to look.

In this presentation, Allison Malafronte will discuss the current state of the contemporary art world, looking at what has transpired in history and culture to lead us to this moment. Starting with the early Greek and Roman age and the Renaissance, when beauty was defined and upheld, moving through the two World Wars and the birth of Modernism, when beauty was banished and considered passé, to the contemporary art world today (comparing the top-tier commercial end to some of the smaller niches that are still pursuing tradition and beauty), this presentation will survey the trajectory of beauty in art through time. Malafronte will also address the implications of commercialism in art and the consequences of art as a commodity. This seminar will conclude with an open Q+A session.