Aesthetic Realism Foundation

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The purpose of the not-for-profit Aesthetic Realism Foundation is to meet the urgent need for people throughout America and the world to see each other and reality fairly. The means to that fairness is Aesthetic Realism, the philosophy founded in 1941 by Eli Siegel, American poet, critic, and educator.

Located in SoHo, NYC, the foundation is a center for culture and kindness. It offers classes in the visual arts, poetry, music, anthropology, and more. There are public seminars, individual consultations, workshops for teachers, and thrilling dramatic and musical events. People of all ages understand themselves newly through the principles of Aesthetic Realism.

Aesthetic Realism Blog
Donita Ellison is an art educator and Aesthetic Realism associate, originally from Springfield, Missouri. She writes about “Le Corbusier & the Debate in People between Coolness & Warmth” by Dale Laurin, RA:

I first learned about the 20th-century architect Le Corbusier when I was an art major in college, and I was especially moved by the sweeping design, both warm and exact, of the chapel he built in the French Alps at Ronchamp. But I saw no relation...

Aesthetic Realism Annoiuncement

Hear Aesthetic Realism consultant Devorah Tarrow speak on art & self: “Can We Have Pleasure and Self-Respect at Once? Picasso’s ’Two Women Running on the Beach.”’ —A powerful video illustrating Eli Siegel’s great Principle of Opposites!

The Winter semester of classes is now in session. For information about auditing classes, call the Registrar at 212.777.4490.

Read this vital and honest letter by educator Rosemary Plumstead, who writes:

“I consider the Aesthetic Realism Foundation the most important cultural and educational institution in America….In this letter, I’m very happy to comment on two aspects of the Foundation’s work: consultations and the Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method….It was in consultations that I first learned that there is a fight going on in me and everyone between two desires…” more