The Revolution of Popular Art


This article from 1968 was published in the pages of artscanada, a magazine in which Kurt frequently appeared. He explores the events and figures leading up to what he terms a "revolution of Popular art" wherein past distinctions, categories and criticism no longer apply. "A more finely-focused view discovers that neither is there any longer a precise sense of differentiation between the various "media" within the realm of fine arts. Nor, in terms of a much more general view, have the clear-cut separations be­tween art and life been able to function with quite the same surety as they did, say, before the beginning of the century."

Aesthetics and Criticism - Working Notes - Art 102


These "working notes" from 1994 include Kurt's thoughts about the disciplines of aesthetics and criticism, and what students need to master in order to prevent such disciplines from becoming merely subjective exercise. He writes, "It is misleading to think of senses as clear-cut subdivisions of our psyche, however practical & useful for analytical purposes. This warns us about taking our modes of analysis to be characteristics of that which we are supposed to be examining." He goes on to include a lengthy list of published resources attendant to the topic. A earlier variation of these notes is also available, for the same class in 1993.

Unity and Alienation in Art & Letters


In this short essay, a book report if you will, Kurt writes about casting the I Ching and two books on his work table at that time, Kenneth Rexroth's More Classics Revisited and Wendy Steiner's The Scandal of Pleasure: Art in an Age of Fundamentalism. He gathers his comments together under the umbrella of "unity and alienation," a recurrent theme in his writing and teaching, and a set of feelings that spurred his personal interest in esoteric practice.