New York’s Cooper Hewitt Design Museum has done something brave. Unlike many of today’s art critics, with the Design Triennial the museum has approached the concept of “beauty” head on.
Feminine and masculine, normal and abnormal, familiar and surreal, our media-driven and internet-enhanced modern world is experiencing another great leap forward in our understanding of beauty and art. Beauty in the 21st century is mobile, shifting and unconfined.
The triennial is divided into seven sections treating seven kinds of modern beauty: Extravagant, Transgressive, Emergent, Transformative, Ethereal, Intricate and Elemental.
While simple words cannot hope to convey the complex reactions and feelings associated with concepts of beauty, at least the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum is attempting to propose intellectual rally points which are fit-for-purpose in the 21st century.