Receive occasional e-mail updates regarding Aristos publication and other news.



Read exclusive Aristos-related content on art, music, and ideas.


Shopping at 1,700+ brand-name stores benefits Aristos.


See PayPal link at "Donate Now" in left column.

Aristos is published by The Aristos Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Copyright © 1982-2017

* "Reading Aristos has given me much pleasure and instruction."
* "At last I have read What Art Is from end to end. . . . You have done a splendid piece of work." - Jacques Barzun (1907-2012)

CURRENT NEWS - December / January

12/28: William Merritt Chase, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. See 8/16 in the CN Archives for further information and links. Closes January 16.


December 2016

A Leader's Resolve

Washington Crossing the Delaware [enlarged image: click on details to zoom in], 1851, Emanuel Leutze (German American, 1816-1868). Oil on canvas, approx. 12 ft. x 21 ft. (378.5 cm × 647.7 cm). Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gallery 760. Smaller version*[more], approx. 3 ft. x 6 ft., Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Winona, Minn.

* Best viewed in Firefox, which centers images on dark background.

Kate Davis (New York City)

Who Says That's Art at annual art ed conference // Update on forthcoming Torres book Trust Betrayed // Richard F. Lack: Catalogue Raisonné // and much more . . .

The Interminable Monopoly of the Avant-Garde - Louis Torres
Chapter 9 of After the Avant-Gardes: Reflections on the Future of the Fine Arts, edited by Elizabeth Millán (Open Court, 2016). [Scroll down to see endnote no. 1 before reading. Suggestion: print notes. ]

Ayn Rand's Theory of Art: "Original" and "Inspiring" Says Academic Philosopher - Louis Torres & Michelle Marder Kamhi
Rand's Romantic Manifesto on "What Is Art?" reading list published by American Society for Aesthetics.

Washington Crossing the Delaware: Select Links to Online Sources - L.T.
On Emanuel Leutze's monumental painting and the event that inspired it.

Misusing Art for Political (and Financial) Ends - M.M.K.
The Pearl Theatre Company's exploitation of Ionesco's play Rhinoceros.


Aristos and related projects are supported by the Aristos Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We depend on tax-deductible contributions from individuals like you to continue championing traditional contemporary arts and combating the avant-garde. Please make a donation, however modest, via PayPal (use your credit card or your PayPal account).


Aristos (1982-1997)
About, sample articles, reviews, back issues. . .

What Art Is: The Esthetic Theory of Ayn Rand (Open Court, 2000). Chapter Summaries, Reviews/Responses. . .

The Definition of Art (Ch. 6)

+Find Book in Libraries (Worldwide)

What Art Is Online (2000-2003)
Supplement to What Art Is--articles and excerpts

Who Says That's Art?
A Commonsense View of the Visual Arts
(Pro Arte Books, 2014). Contents, Introduction, Reviews, Image links

"Forceful and persuasive."--Kirkus Reviews

+Amazon.com (Paperback/Kindle)

After the Avant-Gardes: Reflections
on the Future of the Fine Arts
(Open Court, 2016).

Includes essays by the Aristos editors:

* "The Interminable Monopoly of the Avant-Garde" - Louis Torres

* "Mimesis versus the Avant-Garde: Art and Cognition" - Michelle Marder Kamhi
[based on "Art and Cognition"]

The Aristos Awards
Readings on Art Education

Terence Rattigan (1911-1977), British playwright
Jack Schaefer (1907-1991), author of Shane


Become an Aristos Sponsor! Connect with our discerning worldwide readership.

* Ann Long Fine Art
A leading gallery representing twenty-four of the best contemporary classically trained realist painters and sculptors. Thumbnail images, bios and notices of shows.

* Farr Publications
Music study materials for string teachers and students by cellist and master teacher Faith Farr. Worksheets and integrated theory, performing, and rhythm assignments.

* Stephen Gjertson
The paintings, essays, and biography of a leading Classical Realist, whose work ranges from portraits and genre paintings to still lifes and landscapes. Books/Prints.

* Achilles International
An inspiring organization founded in 1983, dedicated to enabling people with disabilities to participate in long-distance-running events. Book: Go Achilles!