Steven Weiner, computer specialist and Aesthetic Realism associate, writes:
In this issue of TRO you will learn something important and new about the relation and deep friendship of art and science. You will also learn about how large the desire was in a person to see the world exactly, imaginatively, and with full kindness. That person was Eli Siegel, the founder of Aesthetic Realism. You will learn too about how we can make sense of some of the biggest conflicts within ourselves. At this very tumultuous time, we need—more than ever—to see that the world has large, true meaning. That is why you should read “Art, Science, & Passion That Is Justice,” the powerfully honest new issue of The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known!
The commentary by Ellen Reiss begins:
Dear Unknown Friends:
From Eli Siegel’s landmark series of lectures on the relation of art and science, we continue publishing here his Art Is within Science, of 1969. And we have arrived at part 3 of this remarkable talk.
In Art Is within Science, Mr. Siegel is showing—in a gracefully casual way, even a playful way, and always in an accurate and deep way—something huge: that these two human fields, art and science, which have been felt as so apart from each other, are richly and vitally of each other. Further: the opposites in our lives and minds that correspond to art and science—the opposites of value and fact, feeling and knowing, emotion and logic—need not war within us. They are not, as we so much take them to be, at odds. The following central principle of Aesthetic Realism certainly includes them: “All beauty is a making one of opposites, and the making one of opposites is what we are going after in ourselves.”
On This Date
The publication date of our present issue is May 25, 2022. That is the 44th anniversary of the operation that ended Eli Siegel’s life. The surgery—which he so much did not want— changed him physically in such a way as to make his life an agony to him; and it led to his death in November of that year, 1978. Over the decades I have written very much about the operation and its effects. But in a TRO published on May 25, I cannot let the terrible and so meaningful anniversary pass in silence. So I shall say some things briefly here….Read more