The Nobrow Aesthetics: The Relative Arts Era

By Janaína Quintas Antunes.

Published by The Arts Collection

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The term Nobrow refers to the expression “highbrow” (a designation of arts and literature, which characterizes them as “intellectuals, high-quality”), and the term “lowbrow” (an expression that characterizes the literature and art as with no connection or interest in serious cultural / intellectual ideas), so that it represents the concept of art without a qualification of “lowbrow” or “highbrow”, the concept of relativist art, without specific direction to a particular type of audience, or to particular areas of knowledge, an art that is neither popular nor scholarly. The century began with a strong tendency towards this art Nobrow aesthetic, so this research tries to analyze this new aesthetic and its actual application in the fine arts, also with a brief analysis of literature and cinema by investigating the artistic movements of the 21st Century, and relating them to the cultural history of the first ten years of this century, to outline the goals and aesthetic bases of these movements, comparing the writings of poetics and aesthetics from different times in their applications in due course and now, establishing this way, parameters for contemporary aesthetics.

Keywords: Nobrow, Relativism, 21st Century Aesthetics, Relativist Art

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp.307-320. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1008.337KB).

Prof. Janaína Quintas Antunes

Professor, Languages Division, Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie, São Paulo, Brazil

She has a Masters in Education, Arts, History of Culture, at Mackenzie University of Sao Paulo and graduated in Music, Bachelor’s degree in composition from the College of Arts Alcantara Machado. She is currently a professor of arts and English at Teaching Corporate. She has experience in the areas of Arts, with emphasis on fundamentals and criticism of art, music, aesthetics and artistic education. She is a researcher, mainly of the following subjects: cultural history, philosophy and aesthetics, contemporary art, twentieth-century music, aesthetics of the 20th Century and environmental education. Her great interest is the interdisciplinary side of arts, education and culture, and its research and development in related projects. She takes part in two research groups in the areas of Education and Technology (EduTechi) and creativity (Chrysalis). She is a singer, guitarist and harpist.


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