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
At the public seminar this Thursday, Oct 2 at 6:30 PM, the speakers—a painter, a sculptor, and an architect, all Terrain Gallery Coordinators—show the thrilling practicality of art for people's lives today.

Eli Siegel, critic, poet, and founder of Aesthetic Realism, described it in this landmark principle:

"All beauty is a making one of opposites, and the making one of opposites is what we are going after in ourselves."

Aesthetic Realism Annoiuncement

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.

Update—Two new videos! See and hear Aesthetic Realism consultants speak on art, baseball, and the questions of men and women:
Can We Have Pleasure & Self-Respect at Once?: Picasso’s “Two Women Running on the Beach” by Devorah Tarrow
The Beauty of Baseball Shows How We Want to Be! by Ernest DeFilippis

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