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The aesthetics of the Olympic art competitions

Edgar, Andrew Robert 2012. The aesthetics of the Olympic art competitions. Journal of the Philosophy of Sport 39 (2) , pp. 185-199. 10.1080/00948705.2012.725903

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Abstract

In the Olympic Art Competitions (1912–1948) Pierre de Coubertin expresses his conception of both sport and art as instruments of moral renewal. In this paper, this conception is criticised for failing to appreciate art and sport as necessary manifestations of modernism. The Art Competitions were informed by a traditionalist aesthetic, and thus played a highly conservative role within Olympism. A modernist art about sport, in contrast, would have been a source of critical reflection, potentially protecting the Olympic movement from corrupting exploitation by commercial and nationalistic interests. The conclusion defends the need for Cultural Olympiads, as a source of such critical reflection, that are at once modernist in conception and yet, unlike their current expression, are centrally about sport.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BH Aesthetics
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cultural Olympiads, eurythmy, Olympic Art Competitions, olympism, Ruskin
Additional Information: Special Issue: Sport and Aesthetics
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0094-8705
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 05:04
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/48039

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