Saturday, January 06, 2007

New Delights

Art lovers would be well-advised to check out a new blog by Dianne Durante. It's called Forgotten Delights, and it foreshadows her forthcoming book by the same name.

Miss Durante is the author of one of my favorite articles to date in The Objective Standard: A Journal of Art and Politics (here's a link to TOS). That article, "19th-Century French Painting and Philosophy", appears in the Fall 2006 issue. Miss Durante also lectures on art and has written at least one other article for TOS. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati.

By the way, while I'm on the subject of TOS, I must congratulate them for creating such a value-oriented publication. It's about time that positive values — whether art, education, history, etc. — receive at least equal play with polemics. This is not to say that the polemical pieces contain no positive values — indeed, it can be a kind of pleasure to discover some new insight or integration that may be advanced by such clear thinkers, even in the context of bashing, say, Bush or the Democrats, which is hardly new territory for an Objectivist — but to see a better theory of, say, history or art appreciation advanced is to gain new tools for succeeding at one's own productive enterprises. (Or at least that's what it means for my life, given my interests. I'm no polemicist.)

Update: I just discovered that Miss Durante already had a website at (not a blog). This site includes several essays on art, several of which look interesting to me.