Art and Society
Art is an expansive field of human activity involving physical creativity, visual sense, mental ability, aesthetic appreciation, or imaginative thinking to express intellectual interest, beauty, emotion, or spiritual belief. Art has been called the ‘language of the heart’, since it involves the interaction and exchange of feelings and emotions between people. This is not limited to visual art but also includes non-verbal communication like writing, music, dance, sculpture or architecture. Art is an important part of our lives, affecting us emotionally and physically as well as socially. It provides us with a level of control over the external world by controlling how we interpret it and making connections between events and people in our environment.
One of the best ways to explain what art is to first relate it to other human behaviors and experiences. For instance, if we are interested in exploring abstract paintings, we can think of it as an attempt to capture the essence of an object or an experience that has influenced that person’s thoughts and feelings. In this way, art is similar to other human behavioral patterns and is usually driven by the desire to understand, share, or entertain. When one person’s interests in art changes, they may express new and more complex feelings toward the world around them, and when one person’s interest in art changes, they may also express new and more complex feelings toward themselves.
The history of art is a rich one. In fact, art is often referred to as the oldest form of communication known to man. There are many examples of art throughout history, such as cave paintings, Statuettes, Chrohn’s Pieces, Egyptian sculptures, and the works of ancient Greece’s artists such as the Sophronomus Phaebeus. The popularity of abstract art has waned in recent years, as more contemporary artists have used real world subjects and materials to create bolder, more engaging pieces.
The work of contemporary artists continues to influence the way people see art. In fact, contemporary artists continue to influence the types of art that continue to be produced. For example, contemporary artists have used photographs, computer-generated imagery, and performance to produce more technologically-engaging works of art. Many modern art collectors own pieces created by these and other artists.
One of the most important aspects of the art community is the art museum. There are literally thousands of art museums throughout the world dedicated to the visual arts. The majority of these museums were started with an interest in promoting the visual arts, but today their primary focus is on art. It is the responsibility of the curators of these museums to choose and present artwork that is representative of the culture and beliefs of the people who visit the museum. Many people go to the museum to view art for themselves, and if that is not possible then they will most likely borrow art or view it elsewhere so that it is available for their enjoyment.
Because of the increasing accessibility of online resources and technology, the art community has taken advantage of this technology to create forums for conversations about art. On such forums people can share works of art that they have purchased or seen elsewhere and discuss what they thought about the piece. While many online art galleries limit their postings to a few selected works, many forums allow posting of unlimited artwork. Some of these forums are highly specialized, such as discussion boards devoted to contemporary art or specific artistic styles, while others are general free-for-all membership areas where anyone can participate. Whatever the case, the art community continues to grow and will continue to have a vital role in society.