The Arts: An Index of Works of Merit



"The real world without art was deeply unsatisfying to Shaw, but the art world without reality seemed worse."

—Michael Holroyd
    Bernard Shaw

"The claim of art to our respect must stand or fall with the validity of its pretension to cultivate and refine our senses and faculties until seeing, hearing, feeling . . . become highly conscious and critical acts with us . . . .

". . . art should refine our sense of character and conduct, of justice and sympathy, greatly heightening our self-knowledge, self-control, precision of action, and considerateness, and making us intolerant of baseness, cruelty, injustice and intellectual superficiality or vulgarity. The worthy artist . . . is he who serves the . . . moral senses by feeding them with pictures, musical compositions . . . poems, fictions, essays and dramas which call the heightened senses and ennobled faculties into pleasurable activity. The great artist is he who goes a step beyond the demand, and, by supplying works of a higher beauty and a higher interest than have yet been perceived, succeeds after a brief struggle with its strangeness, in adding this fresh extension of sense to the heritage of the race."

—Bernard Shaw


A Brief Survey of Literature

An evaluation of literary works of merit in a Humanistic perspective.

An Equally Brief Survey of Music

An evaluation of music of merit in a Humanistic perspective.

A Survey of the Visual Arts

An evaluation of works of visual art of merit in—of course—a Humanistic perspective.

Modernism in the Arts: a Critique

We think modernism in the arts has undermined much of its value. Here's why.

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