The Aristos Foundation

Aristos is published by The Aristos Foundation, a nonprofit organization incorporated in the State of New Jersey in 1986. The Foundation's chief purpose is to deepen public understanding of the nature of art and foster greater understanding and appreciation of traditional values and craft (as opposed to both modernism and postmodernism) in all the arts. In that connection, it champions the work of neglected artists and critics, past and present, who have been eclipsed by the avant garde. In recent years, the Foundation has been active in promoting its goals in the field of K-12 visual art education, in opposition to the inroads of avant-garde work and social and political activism.

In addition to publishing Aristos, the Foundation supports through other means the development and dissemination of the ideas in What Art Is: The Esthetic Theory of Ayn Rand (2000), by Aristos co-editors Louis Torres and Michelle Marder Kamhi. It also informs the public about the work and life of cultural historian Jacques Barzun (1907-2012), British playwright Terence Rattigan (1911-1977), and Jack Schaefer (1907-1991), author of the classic short novel Shane and a body of regrettably neglected fiction and nonfiction .

The Aristos Foundation operates on a very lean budget and is supported primarily by individuals. It also accepts support from private foundations and corporations, but not from governmental agencies.


How to Support The Aristos Foundation

If you value the work of the Foundation, including this website, you can help to ensure its continuation and growth by providing your financial support, even at a very modest level. Listed below are several convenient options for making contributions directly--or indirectly, through online shopping at participating merchants.

The Aristos Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contributions to the Foundation are tax-deductible to the full extent provided by law.

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