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The purpose of this blog is to explain the basics of art and culture to English language learners in secondary school in Slovakia. This is not for profit. If you look to your right, you'll see a long list of topics that I plan to cover. This is a large project that will most likely take years to complete, covering some topics I know little about (like dance), so I will be borrowing heavily from other experts, with their permission, giving credit wherever possible. Please be patient, and, of course, all advice is greatly appreciated.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Film-The Banishment of Beauty, by Scott Burdick

This is a lecture produced and narrated by painter Scott Burdick. The main question he asks is why only certain forms of contemporary art are shown in the great museums of the world, while beautiful art is ignored. Before you watch this series, look at the vocabulary below.


banishment - vyhnanstvo 
a bastion - bašta, hradba
exquisite craftsmanship - vybraný zručnosť
tethered to aesthetic tradition -  priviazany do estetické tradícia
epitomize - zhrnúť
rejection of representational form - zamietnutie reprezentačný forme
Bauhaus School – See below:
cutting-edge - nový
vitriol – vitriol, skalica, jedovatá reč
pretentious - veľkolepý
to query - opýtať sa
I don’t buy it (I don’t believe it) – neverím to
public funds - verejné prostriedky
to be struck – byť udretý
poorly executed – zle ukončený, vykonaný, dokončená
disregard for craft is no accident – nerešpektovanie zručnosť nie je náhoda
upside down - obrátený
to disqualify – diskvalifikovať, vyradiť z
exclusion - vylúčenie
pervasive - prenikavý
first impressions – prvý dojem
to brainwash – vymyť mozog, preškoliť
transcendent beauty – nadprirodzená krása, skvelá krása
lyricism of words with meaning of the words
regression – regresia, ústup
artistic establishment – umelecká zavedenie
to find refuge – nájsť útulok
a catchphrase - fráza
disdained - pohŕdaná
suppressed - potlačená
oppressed - utlačená
banned - vypovedaná
validity of beauty – právoplatnosť krása
appeal - atrakcia

Bauhaus School: (from Wikipedia):

1st Bauhaus school in Weimar, Germany

The Bauhaus school was founded by Walter Gropius in Weimar, Germany, and combined crafts with the fine arts.
Walter Gropius (1883-1969), modernist architect

The name means "School of Building". In spite of this, and that its founder was an architect, the Bauhaus did not have an architecture department during the first years of its existence. It was founded with the idea of creating a single code of aesthetics to be used for all the arts, under the principle that form follows function. The Bauhaus style became one of the most influential currents in Modernist architecture and design. The Bauhaus had a profound influence upon subsequent developments in art, architecture, graphic design, interior design, industrial design, and typography. It operated from 1919 to 1933, when the school was closed under pressure from the Nazis.

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