Beauty, once one of the most desired terms in the art lexicon, might be on the verge of extinction. We don't describe things as beautiful anymore. Our evaluations tend toward fleeting states of mind, reflecting habits, places, even casual encounters. Saying "fun" or "cool" does the job when we want to appear hip. "Elegant" and "chic" are favorites of the mod crowd. "Subversive" works for those with a social activist bent. The ubiquitous "interesting" remains the best way out of trouble for neophytes... More >>>