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What’s The Use Of Art? – Part 5

What is Art – Part V… Art is, not surprisingly, deeply tied to historical and social events. No wonder then, that the ‘goal-posts’ for the definition of art are, like the seasons, ever-changing. But, as is often said, the more things change, the more they stay the same. There are always, of course, grey areas of contention about what art ‘is’. However, we can generally agree that any definition will always include at least two…

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What’s The Use Of Art? – Part 4

What is Art – Part IV… The 20th century, then, spawned a number of artistic ‘movements’, Cubism, Expressionism, Surrealism, Art Deco, etc., heralding a monumental change in the perception of what ‘art’ should be about. And, of course, each generation continues to add to, manipulate, and redefine the definition of art (by ‘art’, I mean ‘fine arts’… art that is created as image, simply to be contemplated, rather than be ‘useful’. Any artistic creation is,…

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What’s The Use Of Art? – Part 3

What is Art – Part III… The 20th century heralded in what is generally known as the ‘Modern Age’. This change was, of course, reflected in all aspect’s of society. And indeed, with the invention of the telegraph, the electric light bulb, the telephone, the automobile, motion pictures, and airplanes, the world suddenly became, in the blink of an eye, a much smaller, and fast-moving environment. The Industrial Revolution was all about how to produce…

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What’s The Use Of Art? – Part 2

What is Art? – Part II… In Part I, considering the question, ‘How do we determine what makes art valuable?’, I suggested that we go ‘back in time’ a bit, and examine the question from a historical perspective. In fact, prior to the 17th century, there was really no distinction between arts and ‘crafts’, nor any perceived difference between an artist or an ‘artisan’ (ie., ‘craftsman’). As it was then, what we now think of…

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What’s The Use Of Art?

What is Art? – Part I… Have you ever considered the subject of ‘art’? I mean, what is art, anyway? Certainly, there is good art and bad art. But then, who decides which is which? Honestly, often times, when visiting a gallery or museum, I really just don’t ‘get it’. Are they trying to pull one over on me, am I missing something? And even then again… who, or what, determines its value? After all,…

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