ART FOR OUR SAKE

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It Is Time for “Art for Our Sake”—Part One

Have you ever visited an art museum or gallery and found yourself wondering what you are looking at? Have you thought that perhaps some art has lost its way? Then you might want to read on. One of the reasons you are reacting to the art in this way is that you live in an art world that celebrates the notion of “art for art’s sake.” At first, this sounds great. We all want creative freedom. But the reason you do not appreciate the art might be because “art for art’s sake” has evolved into “anything is art.” Art can be more than that. History shows that art can have a high purpose that corresponds to what humanity needs at the moment. The idea that art should have a purpose is not alien or new. Art has had a purpose since artists first carved figurines and painted caves in the Paleolithic. A lot of modern art still has social or other sorts of messages. A lot of modern art doesn’t, however, and the “anything is art” works get mixed with

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It Is Time for “Art for Our Sake”—Part One

Have you ever visited an art museum or gallery and found yourself wondering what you are looking at? Have you thought that perhaps some art has lost its way? Then you might want to read on. One of the reasons you are reacting to the art in this way is that you live in an art world that celebrates the notion of “art for art’s sake.” At first, this sounds great. We all want creative freedom. But the reason you do not appreciate the art might be because “art for art’s sake” has evolved into “anything is art.” Art can be more than that. History shows that art can have a high purpose that corresponds to what humanity needs at the moment. The idea that art should have a purpose is not alien or new. Art has had a purpose since artists first carved figurines and painted caves in the Paleolithic. A lot of modern art still has social or other sorts of messages. A lot of modern art doesn’t, however, and the “anything is art” works get mixed with

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