Aesthetic Realism Foundation

Aesthetic Realism Welcome

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
Barbara Kestenbaum, who has worked in Special Education for over 30 years, writes:

I remember, when my son was born, looking at his tiny fingers with awe and asking, "Who is this little boy?” And as many parents also do, I worried, “Will I be a good mother?” When I read “The Child,” a chapter from Eli Siegel’s Self and World, I began to see that a very young person is in the midst of large questions about nothing less than the world itself....

Aesthetic Realism Annoiuncement

Read this moving article by artist Dorothy Koppelman on the beauty of a work featured in MoMA’s current Picasso Sculpture exhibition: ”Picasso’s Man with a Lamb: Opposites as One.“

The Fall 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