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Climate Change and Art September 27, 2019

Increasingly, artists are using their work as commentary on the effects and threats of climate change. History is filled with artists using their voice to affect society.  For some, this means using empathy and emotion to try to reach people. For others, it’s an attempt to visualize for people what our future may look like if we don’t change course.  “Only 5 per cent of us speak about [climate change] with any regularity. We need…

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The Purpose of Art June 12, 2019

Like language, art is a form of expression. Its message may be symbolic or religious, historical or political. But the purpose of art is not simply to communicate a message, but more importantly, to elicit an emotional response, to ‘move’ us, in some way. Art can be pleasing or astonishing, informative or perplexing, offensive or inspirational. Cave Paintings Art is a uniquely human product, the earliest examples of which are cave paintings, such as those…

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Art Can Change the World May 30, 2019

Throughout history, art has influenced world cultures in profound ways, and has had a huge effect on society. For example, in recent history, artist have had a major impact on social issues, from the Berlin Wall to Tiananmen Square. Art really can change the world. 1. Leonardo Di Vinci, ‘The Mona Lisa’, 1503 There’s a reason why this painting is the most famous in the world. That’s because Di Vinci challenged how artists create portraiture,…

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The purpose of Art February 15, 2019

The purpose of art can be varied. When new visual ideas are first introduced by the artist, they are often shocking. With time the best ideas are accepted.  Let’s look at some of the purposes of art. Likely the oldest purpose of art is as a vehicle for religious ritual. From the prehistoric cave paintings of France, to the Sistine Chapel, art has served religion. For centuries the Church was the primary patron of artists.…

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