Stance: An International Undergraduate Philosophy Journal

Volume 12, April 2019

Rosanna Sparacino
Pages 22-31

The Ethical Implications of the Intentional Fallacy
How We Ought to Address the Art of Immoral Artists

I argue that biographical information is akin to other non-aesthetic, social, historical, or political information. As such, artist’s biographies are always relevant and important when interpreting art. While the meaning and value of a piece of art is not determined by any single piece of contextual information, neither is its meaning and value ever entirely separated from context. In some cases, however, a piece of art that is technically magnificent may be experienced as repugnant when the artist has committed egregious acts.