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
Leila Rosen, Aesthetic Realism associate and English teacher, writes:

One hundred-fifty years ago our nation was in the midst of the Civil War. Eli Siegel wrote many poems about this turbulent and decisive time in American history. About them, Shelby Foote, the noted Civil War historian and author, wrote: "We ought to know these poems, which are so different from the run-of-the mill effusions which have flooded the market since 1861."...

Aesthetic Realism Annoiuncement

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!

See and hear an Aesthetic Realism consultant speak on baseball, and the questions of men: The Beauty of Baseball Shows How We Want to Be! by Ernest DeFilippis

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