King’s Graduate Featured in “Curator” Webzine
Recent TKC graduate Mike Toscano published in Webzine of the International Arts Movement
NEW YORK, February 2, 2010—Mike Toscano, a recent King's graduate, published “The Saturnine Age and the Modern Genius” in “Curator,” the web-zine of the International Arts Movement.
The article contrasts the Christian view of the artist with both the modern view and the classical view. He writes: “[In] our common imagination, the artistic genius is not only an individual of excellent output, but an individual of a certain disposition. The man of genius is exceptional in intelligence, originality, and creativity. While free from all that restrains the average person, he bears the greatest burden of all: the burden of being him.”
The result of this “burden,” Toscano writes, is that “today, because the genius is within Man, art has become self-expression, not an appreciation of God and his Nature as it once was.”
Dr. Henry Bleattler, Associate Provost of The King’s College, said Toscano’s essay is “excellent. This is the kind of thoughtful analysis and writing that I hope to see become a hallmark of our graduates. His interest in aesthetics and beauty were apparent to me while he was here. Since his graduation we've continued to discuss these issues and others regarding culture and the arts.” Dr. Bleattler said he was “encouraged” to see that Toscano is exploring even more deeply the ideas and issues he first encountered in the classroom.
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