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SURVEY OF THE ARTS An Introduction to the Arts and Humanities Laura Loveday

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What is art? How does it fit into the humanities and sciences? Week one presentation for a class, "Survey of the Arts."

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SURVEY OF THE ARTSAn Introduction to the Arts and Humanities

Laura Loveday

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Art and the Eye of the Beholder• Art and Audience• Art and Artist• Art and Intention

The arts strive to weave our experiences into coherent bodies of knowledge and to communicate them to others

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Art within humanities• Art is how our ancestors recorded

the world around them in a time before cameras

• We record things the same way today: in how we dress, what music we listen to, the buildings we work and live in, or what we write

• You can tell what a culture valued by their artwork

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Science vs. Humanities • Seeks to describe reality• Attempts to create a

universal concept• Measurable and

quantitative

• Seeks to describe humankind’s experience of reality

• Gives form to emotion• More analytical approach

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What would you guess about the person who owns these items?

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Concerns of art• Creativity• Aesthetic communication• Symbols

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Fine art and applied art• Fine art is lauded for its aesthetic quality• Applied art includes architecture or handicrafts with a

decorative purpose

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Art’s purpose and functionAmong art’s purposes:1) Provide a record2) Give visible or other form to feelings3) Reveal metaphysical or spiritual truths4) Help people see the world in new or innovative ways

Among art’s functions:5) Enjoyment6) Political and social commentary7) Therapy8) Artifact

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Aesthetic perception and response1. What is it?2. How is it put together?3. How does the work appeal to our senses?4. What does this work mean?

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1. What is it?2. How is it put together?3. How does the work

appeal to our senses?4. What does this work

mean?

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Picasso believed a painting was a “sum of destructions”

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1f7nHsQMFk

1. What is it?2. How is it put together?3. How does the work appeal to our senses?4. What does this work mean?

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Criticism of art• Plato vs. Aristotle• Renaissance examined moral worth of art and its

relationship to nature

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vufba_ZcoR0

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• The late 1800s disregarded traditional criticism• Today, we evaluate art based through a “lens”

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• Formal criticism – considers no external conditions or information

• Contextual criticism – considers related information outside the artwork, such as facts about the artist, social and political conditions, etc.

Evaluating art

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• Artisanship – Is the work well made? Understand the medium and the style

• Communication – Evaluate what the artwork tries to say and if it was worth the effort. Does it offer a profound or unique insight?

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Art brut, or “outsider art”• Idea developed by Jean

Dubuffet in the 1940s and Roger Cardinal in 1972

• Work created by those outside of mainstream art culture

• Artists may be self-taught• May illustrate extreme mental

states, unconventional ideas, or fantasy worlds

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Style

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