The most significant change in the art world over the past two decades has not been the evolution of a new style or movement but in how art is promoted and marketed after prices accelerated in the 1980s todays art world is beginning to look more like a multi national corporation than a cultural institution. Idealist aesthetics came to an end with schopenhauer who considered the contemplation of art as a means to escape the workings of the will and as granting us a moment of serenity friedrich nietzsche 1844 1900 reversed this valuation and championed art as the great stimulant of life. A critique of art and aesthetics aesthetics is a branch of philosophy that examines the nature of art and our experience of it it emerged during the 18th century in europe and developed in england as philosophers grouped together such fields as poetry sculpture music and dance. The aesthetic movement stood in stark and sometimes shocking contrast to the crass materialism of britain in the 19th century art for arts sake was its battle cry a slogan that originated
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