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
Aesthetic Realism associate and writer Miriam Weiss says:

I once felt that the everyday world—including my family, school, even our New York City neighborhood—was humdrum and boring. I played off what was close to me and customary against what was far-off and mysterious, and was restless for something really exciting to happen. But even as I studied foreign languages and made plans to live in Asia, I soon felt the need to run back to what was more familiar...

Aesthetic Realism Annoiuncement

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

Read what consultant Nancy Huntting writes about the Aesthetic Realism Foundation, America, and her own life—

“Aesthetic Realism explains two huge things that have been seen as inexplicable: what makes for beauty, and what makes for cruelty…. [Because it does] not only can the things most tormenting humanity be understood and end, but people can have in their everyday lives a pride, happiness, kindness, and excitement they didn’t think were possible. That is what happened to me.” more

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!