Aesthetic Realism Consultant Nancy Huntting
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Welcome to my website, where I'm glad to bring to people what I've learned from Aesthetic Realism, the philosophy founded in 1941 by the great American poet and critic Eli Siegel.
I'm proud to have seen that Aesthetic Realism is true: it explains the human mind and the world we are in with new respect and scientific exactness. It enables individual men and women to be fully what they hope to be!
I grew up near Cincinnati, majored in Literature at Denison University and moved to New York City, where I worked for Newsweek magazine and later had an antique store. It was then that I first attended an Aesthetic Realism public seminar. I was electrified by the honesty and scholarship of the speakers and what they were saying about art and life.
What Aesthetic Realism Is
1. The deepest desire of every person is to like the world on an honest or accurate basis.
greatest danger for a person is to have contempt for the world and what
is in it....Contempt can be defined as the lessening of what is
different from oneself as a means of self-increase as one sees it.
3. All beauty is a making one of opposites, and the making one of opposites is what we are going after in ourselves.
"People are longing for criticism, the real thing. Every person, of course, has a seemingly insatiable desire for praise: to be told we’re wonderful, in excelsis, just as we are. Yet we know, even as we’re not clear about it, that there are things we dislike in ourselves, that are bad, that hold us back. We’re aching to hear from another where we need to be better, so that we can be better and meet our own hopes....The criticism people hunger for is criticism that has simultaneously good will and knowledge. That was Eli Siegel’s criticism always and mightily. And it exists in the education of Aesthetic Realism."
—Ellen Reiss, Aesthetic Realism Chairman of Education, TRO #1937
Listed to the left are some of the talks I've presented at public seminars, and art talks in the Terrain Gallery series "Art Answers the Questions of Your Life!"
And there's more on my Site Map. For instance, I spoke with my colleagues at a seminar on "How Can Selfishness & Generosity Make Sense in a Woman's Life?" using the classic novel Manon Lescaut.
The education I'm receiving is what women are yearning for! Here is the beginning of a great lecture by Eli Siegel (he gave many, several are now online) in which he says: "The mind of woman and man is the same, but the way of its being shown is different"—and he explains what he means. It has his incomparable, kind, new understanding of humanity. It is published in five issues of the periodical TRO:
Poetry and Women
By Eli Siegel
Includes discussions of 16th-century poet Louise Labé, 17th-century Mary Chudleigh,
Caroline Norton (1808-77), Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and Virginia Woolf.
Background image: Claude Monet, "Cliff at Grainval"
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