Six theories about art

Six theories about ART ‘What it means and what to do about it’ This blog post, concerning six possible theories about art, is based on my notes and preliminary ideas for a new book. The basic concept calls for much more research and time, and much less procrastination, and fewer competing priorities. So who knows whether the book will ever get written. But here, in a thousand words, I am sharing with you an outline of the subject matter. Please let me know what you think. Art is …. Skill, Genius, Creativity, Power, Culture, or Business. Theories 1-3 focus on the artist. Art is a product of individual artists who decide what art to create. Theories 4-6 focus on society. Art is something tha


Lasceaux is in the Dordogne region in southwest France. In 1940 a teenager named Marcel Ravidat, hunting for a lost dog with three friends, discovered a shaft into a cave system that had been inhabited nearly 20,000 years previously by pre-historic artists. The caves contain 364 identifiable paintings of horses, 90 paintings of stags, plus cattle and bison, 7 felines, a bird, a bear, a rhinoceros, and a dead human. The paintings were created in the late Solutrean Era and early Magdalenian period [c.20,000-13,000BCE]. At that time pre-historic man existed as a hunter-gatherer living off herds of reindeer on the continental tundra just outside of the retreating ice pack. Things were different


LEONARDO DA VINCI Leonardo da Vinci is probably the world’s most famous artist. But the surprising fact is that Wikepedia tells us that the world only has 15 original Leonardo da Vinci paintings to look at. And that is not all! Quotes from Wikepedia; Leonardo da Vinci (April 15, 1452 – May 2, 1519) was one of the leading artists of the High Latt. Fifteen works are generally attributed either in whole or in large part to him. Most are paintings on panel, with the remainder a mural, a large drawing on paper, and two works in the early stages of preparation. The authorship of several paintings traditionally attributed to Leonardo being disputed. Two major works are known only as copies. Works a


GROUNDS for ART STUFF This is not quite the same as ‘Grounds for Complaint’ or ‘Grounds for Divorce’. Grounds for art stuff is a term used about the surface artists choose to paint on. It is not about the reasons or excuses that artists might use, that is a subject for another blog post. So ‘grounds for art stuff’ refers to walls, canvas, paper, hardboard, sheet metal, glass, skin, cardboard boxes, etc. ...a big canvas ready to start... Walls. Walls. Painting onto wet plaster walls is called fresco. An old and the usual technique in the days when artists were part of the building trade. Paintings on walls can last a long time. Cavemen might have mixed pigment and blood to paint on cave walls

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