Sketches from Michele Trenti's essays

Evaluating a New Creation

Appunti di Michele Trenti

The problem with evaluating a new artistic creation aesthetically is related to the fact that previously codified criteria cannot be used to evaluate a new work. Indeed evaluation criteria are understood by analyzing specific works produced in the past. However, if a new work "has created" something truly new or has achieved its own unique synthesis regarding the language to which it refers, it is clear that the criteria derived from other works are inadequate for capturing the specific essence, its exact meaning, or rather this is precisely what gives it real aesthetic value. Therefore, the responsibility of competent criticism is to infer from a work the criteria (listening, interpretation, etc.) that help place it aesthetically, a process that, however, is distinguished by enjoying the work itself.