Art Without Compromise by Wendy Richmond
Chapter 8: "Your Excitement Meter"
Section 4: "Why do we look at art?"
I like this question because I can't remember a time when I wasn't fascinated when looking at art, and I've never taken the time to think about why. In this section of her book, Richmond questions herself and others in an effort to discover why we look at art. Here are some of the reasons that she found:
- art provides a structure for contemplation
- contemporary art puts us in touch with what's going on; it reflects the time we live in
- looking at art satisfies our aesthetic side, just like music
- art informs and inspires creativity
- some people view art for the challenge, to seek what they don't know
- viewing art is uplifting and promotes creativity
- many of us learned to view and appreciate art at an early age from our parents and teachers, so it's now a part of our lives
Her quest to find answers to why we look at art led Richmond to another discovery: The art we see has been selected. What are we NOT seeing? Art, like history is edited , and we are getting a "curated" view of the past. It seems to me that, these days, the world wide web provides a global venue for displaying works of art that wouldn't normally be selected for public exhibition. I wonder how that will change the way we view art?
And now, your thoughts ??