Re: A comment - Beautiful or important? Is that the question here or not?

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Posted by Tom Cole on January 25, 1999 at 19:53:44:

In Reply to: Re: A comment posted by Alan Nagel on January 25, 1999 at 18:13:55:

: : I understand what Mr. Salingaros is saying, and I can apply the criteria to a Caucasian rug with strong, contrasting color, and "perfect" balance, yet I don't care for the Caucasian rug as art using my aesthetic. I recall Doris Blau saying to me that she can not enjoy Turkomen rugs as much as others, comparing them to Germanic march music; whereas, she looks at an East Turkestan rug , compares that to Vivaldi, and likes it much better. Where does the checklist come in to account for the fact that I like Turkomen (and East Turkestan) rugs and don't care much about Caucasian rugs and Doris Blau has a different aesthetic? Marvin

: Marvin draws a distinction we might all bring into play here.

: DO WE WANT aesthetic understanding to explain how we should/must agree?
: OR ... to regulate who wins?

: Isn't it perhaps quite enough that aesthetic understanding should provide for us to differ AND to agree coherently?

: How about it Marvin? is there really any problem in the fact that you like carrots and I like chocolate, someone a magnificent Perepedil and another person a fine Agra? Can't these matters just be ones of taste that needn't really get in our way, much less stick the craw?

: Come to think of it, maybe the very best carrot is at least as appealing as a perfect chocolate.


As I said previously, subjective response to visual stimuli. To make the distinction between a beautiful rug and an important rug, now that is another matter altogether. Someone else can pick this up and run with it; I've already tried to elucidate that distinction without much success.

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