Appreciating Bad Art

Journal of Value Inquiry 51 (2):279-292 (2017)
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Abstract

There are some artworks which we appreciate for their bad artistic qualities; these artworks are said to be “good because bad”. This is puzzling. How can art be good just because it is bad? In this essay, we attempt to demystify this phenomenon. We offer a two-part analysis: the artistic flaws in these works make them bizarre, and this bizarreness is aesthetically valuable. Our analysis has the consequence that some artistic flaws make for aesthetic virtues. Such works therefore present a counterexample to aestheticism, the view that all artistically relevant features of artworks are aesthetic features.

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John Dyck
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