Hickey said bluntly, “I’m a relativist.” Like Hume, in his essay “Of the Standard of Taste,” Hickey considers attempts to locate any universal standard of beauty futile. The only thing that matters is the audience. Unlike Hume, however, Hickey says ranking the audience according to levels of refinement, or aptitude for taste, is wrongheaded. What interests him are the varieties of audiences, all of which experience beauty with equal intensity. It’s a simple insight on which Hickey constructs his whole philosophy of beauty.
To find out more about the art critic Dave Hickey and to read the entire article, Dave Hickey’s Politics of Beauty, posted January 2, 2013 by Laurie Fendrich go to http://chronicle.com/article/The-Last-Word-Is-Beauty/136409/