"Experiencing Art Around Us" - Chapter Review
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This paper reviews and analyzes several chapters from Thomas Butler's book, "Experiencing Art Around Us" with an emphasis on art and the society that creates it. According to the text, the purpose of art is defined differently in Western versus non-Western cultures. The paper also explores the ideal of beauty. Other concepts relating to art are discussed, such as realism as opposed to art correcting the imperfections of nature. The paper concludes by noting that art can make the ordinary extraordinary.
From the Paper:"Even the idea of beauty as the artistic ideal, that art is a 'correction' of natural imperfection, has come under scrutiny by Western art critics. After all, van Gogh's sunflowers are wild, torn and ragged, much like the man's mind itself. Advocates of psychological theories of art note that this is what makes them so memorable. Of course, not every 'person on the street' would agree--some people still prefer representational art, and use realism as the guide for what constitutes art. However, there is not an unbroken line from realism to impressionism to modernism today. Realism has fallen in and out of favor in high art but traditional art is often highly representational and symbolic. In line with Aristotle, the Romans strove for more accurate mimesis but Italian Renaissance paintings strove to create a more perfect ideal, falling in line with the common Platonic trope that nature was an inferior copy of the heavens. Theories of the purpose of art are almost as varied as individual artist's intentions themselves."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Buser, Thomas. Experiencing art around us. Second Edition. Cengage Learning, 2005
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