The whole idea of beauty was not embarrassing to me, as it was for a lot of people. Its one of the things that was encouraging about Rothko, that he didn’t seem to be embarrassed about it, either.

Brice Marden

The best book on the subject of beauty is still Uncontrollable Beauty, edited by Bill Beckley and David Shapiro, first published in 1997. Since it appeared and garnered so much attention, there have been a number of other volumes. But UB is still the best.