“Beauty is the most dangerous idea in art. It’s the most dangerous idea in life, too. It tantalises and confuses, inspires and crushes. Beauty has been worshipped as the highest artistic value and denigrated as a pagan temptation. Today, though, it is simply treated by the art world as a joke, a con, an idiotic, old-fashioned idea. This makes much art irrelevant, because beauty is everywhere and obsesses everyone (whatever your idea of beauty happens to be).” Jonathan Jones [SOURCE]
Our sense of beauty is related to balance and harmony. We seek equilibrium and correct proportioning. Art often seeks to disturb this balance to create discord disunity, disharmony.
There are also those art pieces which stick to balance and harmony but hone in on ideas of violence or vulgarity.
It’s funny too that while modern art is obsessed with defining non-conventional forms of aesthetics, it is the gallery that is the space of spacious tranquillity.