Achieving Cultural Awareness – How to Understand the Art World
Art is the expression of something we feel deep inside. Art has been around for thousands of years, dating back to caveman times. Art is an ever-evolving area of human activity involving beauty, technical skill, emotional strength, or personal creative ability. The arts also encompass literature, music, dance, film and sculpture. In the United States, many people are interested in art forms because of the influence of jazz on popular culture, movies, and television.
Many people ask the question: what is art? Is artistic beauty as a form of communication? Can we communicate through art? What is it to create beauty? An answer to these questions will help us understand how art relates to society.
Everyone has an opinion about the definition of art. However, there are several different schools of thought within the art world. Some believe that beauty is merely the physical beauty created by objects, in terms of physical objects alone. These people believe that beauty can be found in the form of beauty in nature, and that humans can interpret natural beauty in their own way. In other words, if a tree falls in the woods and has left, this is beautiful to them; however, this is not considered art because there was no human being involved with creating it, in the same way that a painting would not be considered art if created by a person.
Other people believe that beauty is something that cannot be created, in the same way that emotion cannot be created. According to these people, the definition of art includes only those things that can be perceived, felt, and interpreted by the human eye. Because of this, they believe that emotion cannot truly be defined as beauty since the eye can not tell the difference between joy and sorrow, beauty and ugliness, or even love and hate. For these people, art is strictly aesthetics, which means that it is only through the aesthetic senses that one can tell the difference between beauty and ugliness, while it is through the five senses that one can experience beauty.
In order for an action to be deemed art, according to these people, it must fulfill a number of prerequisites. It must be pleasurable to the observer, must have some sort of aesthetic, emotional response, must have some purpose or meaning, and must have been produced by a human being. In order to define art, these people believe that the only way to properly judge any piece of art is to ask yourself if you can identify a common emotional response to it. If you can, then you are basing your aesthetic response on your emotional response to the work, and it becomes an instance of art.
Defining art is a difficult task for many people, as no two works of art are ever exactly alike. Each and every one of us are capable of expressing our own individual emotional response to a work of art, as we all have different personalities and dispositions. This fact makes it nearly impossible to decide upon a single definition for art, as each person has their own unique style and individual experiences in relation to emotions. Therefore, the definition of art itself is an ongoing personal experience that is influenced by our own unique experiences.