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.

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Jeffrey Carduner, Aesthetic Realism consultant, writes:

What are two biggest hopes every person has? Can they fight in us—making for unhappiness? Is all philosophy in some way about them?

Find out—and learn about the answer to that fight—by reading the tremendously useful and kind “Philosophy & Our Hopes,” the new issue of The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known.

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NEW, in the November issue of the Choral Journal: “The Star Spangled Banner as a Poem,” a thrilling essay by Eli Siegel, with an introduction by Dr. Edward Green, composer and musicologist.

Planning to see the current MoMA exhibit “Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs”? Read painter & critic Marcia Rackow’s article “Henri Matisse—or, The Technique of Art & The Questions of Life: What’s the Relation?“ for a new understanding of the artist!

The Fall semester of classes—in Poetry, Music, Art, Education, Acting, Singing, Anthropology, Film Studies, & more—is now in session. For information about auditing classes, call the Registrar at 212.777.4490.

Read a letter by essayist Ruth Oron, of Israel and New York, who writes with courage and honesty. For instance, she says:

“Studying Aesthetic Realism is the greatest thing that happened to me—it made my life happy and rich with meaning. In this letter I’m going to say some things about my life, because what I learned brings together the individual self—which each of us is—and a very big international matter. The fact that Aesthetic Realism explains both, is vivid evidence that it is what people and civilization itself are looking for.” more