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Aristos is an online review of the arts and the philosophy of art. Like its print predecessor [more] it is a unique critical voice, advocating objective standards in arts scholarship and criticism, and arguing that the concept of art (in the sense of the traditional fine arts of painting, sculpture, literature, music, and dance) can, and ought to, be objectively defined.

Critical of both modernism and postmodernism, Aristos vigorously opposes the increasingly bizarre and inscrutable work promoted in the name of art since the early years of the twentieth century--from abstract painting and sculpture through the seemingly endless concoctions of postmodernism. Aristos also champions contemporary work that, like the significant art of all ages, is concerned with important human values, and is both intelligible and well crafted.

Though staunchly independent, the editorial viewpoint of Aristos owes much to ideas on the essential nature of art offered by [the thought of] the philosopher-novelist Ayn Rand (1905-1982). It is aimed at a broad audience of general readers, students, critics, and scholars. The fullest explication and application of the philosophy that informs our views is found in What Art Is: The Esthetic Theory of Ayn Rand (Open Court, 2000).

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