“La beauté est la raison d’être” – Louise Bourgeoise
Introducing Part 1 from our Uncontrollable Beauty series, where throughout the year we will post various themes and ideas that are inspired from the book Uncontrollable Beauty. Here editors Bill Beckley and David Shapiro bring back the subject of beauty and recount how we define it now and how it was defined it in the past. Refreshingly opposed to doctrine, the book allows room for debate as well as a fervent reception towards an endless aesthetic.
In this post we explore beauty as generosity – it’s freely revealed, yet we need to see it in order for it to exist. As we waffle between individual and society, beauty is inevitably and inexplicably tied to us. Artists such as Marcel Proust and Louise Bourgeoise have defined beauty as generosity in their own words: Proust once posed beauty as a fleeting, gentle gift in a final moment of one’s life and Bourgeoise has defined it as the purpose of life. There is an art to seeking beauty - and if beauty is inherent - it is at once mysterious, magical, multi-faceted and universal.