Artists down the generations – practicing all modes, and all the people since the earliest times who have appreciated art are the most resounding response to the question – why does art matter? In art we have something that cannot be priced, is invaluable, and yet, sold for thousands and millions of dollars. The understanding of art can be personal and the value one person puts on a piece of art may not be the worth that another person thinks that same artwork is. Therefore, much of art is subjective. But there are also some universal parameters that distinguish great art from the ordinary.
Jules Cavanaugh, an art critic and blogger on art, asks about art, “What is the tie that binds?
It is the compulsion to create an image, a form, that embodies this message: “I am. I live. This is me.”
Poignancy lies heavy, for captured in the same instant of these vigorous salutes to life, is the inescapable fact of individual mortality. Yet, in these two salutes to life, I am united with each. This ‘collapsing of time’ evokes a sense of continuity of life that far exceeds the limits of my own oh-so-short time here.
In a beautifully written piece Cavanaugh makes an impassioned case for the importance of art – both generally and personally, complete with illustrations and examples. Let this be the article of the day for us on the category of art history.