Aesthetic Cosmopolitanism Analysis

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‘Aesthetic Cosmopolitans’ “The increasingly international nature of the art world has resulted in many artists becoming aesthetic cosmopolitans” (pg.32), as stated by Storer, R (2013). The concept of ‘aesthetic cosmopolitanism’ aims to encapsulate the ability that artists of the 21st century have to create artwork that engages a connection with other cultures. “Cultures circulate more broadly and visibly” because multi-culturalism has become a part of everyday life. It has become easier to communicate and be aware of the issues that others around the world face. Art is a means of global communication because it breaks the language barrier between nations. It allows artists to respond to the uncertain and restless present, and ultimately make future probabilities about the world’s state in years to come. Such cultural issues that these ‘aesthetic cosmopolitans’ comment on include environmental, social and technological concerns. All of which are prevalent now and will still continue to be in years to come. The existence of artists who comment on issues affecting society through their “locally grounded practices” have ultimately shaped the way that information is exchanged. The choice of global issues as subject matter within their artwork is what makes artists of the 21st century ‘aesthetic cosmopolitans’. The environment is a topic that is widely prevalent in the art world. As time endures, the natural environment that humans live in is threatened. Issues like climate

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