Art - purpose of it (paintings and photography)

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Some simple analysis on the purpose of Art, and some case studies from painting and photography

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Art - purpose of it (paintings and photography)
1 Purpose of Art
1.1 Record history
1.1.1 truth
1.2 appreciate artist's feelings and thoughts
1.2.1 beautify the world
1.3 call for action , get people to help
1.4 educate
1.4.1 captures the essence of human struggle and joy (emotions)/ social issues develop empathy in people
1.4.2 challenge our views
1.5 entertain
1.6 A C Grayling "it does not exist in order to teach, to urge a moral point, to entertain, to distract, to amuse, to serve beauty, to support a revolution, to disgust, to challenge, to stimulate or to cheer" it depends on the artist's intention
1.6.1 Might not have any purpose to begin with; but might be the result of artist's impulse to create art
1.7 tool or end product?
1.8 It is often an attempt to capture an aspect of the world, to draw attention to something about it, to comment on it, to present a surprising or fresh angle on it, to represent it for the sake of exploring something about it, or enjoying or celebrating it
1.8.1 to provoke/shock
2 Types
2.1 Music
2.2 Photography
2.2.1 Still image that captures a moment for people to reflect
2.2.2 Authentic or fake? Examples: photoshopped images


2.2.3 ethical concerns


  • non-interference of the photographer who wants to capture a moment at the expense of helping others


  • Darcy Padilla's award-winning 18-year project documents the life and death of one woman, capturing in miniature the plight of America's 'permanent poor' E.g. Kevin Carter was the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize for his photograph depicting the 1993 famine in Sudan. He committed suicide at the age of 33. bystander to tragic event (war/conflict)
2.2.4 Let us view matters/events in different perspectives (challenge our views)
2.2.5 platform for propaganda and coverage of conflict


  • g. ISIS used the shocking viral image of a drowned 3-year-old boy as propaganda to threaten Syrians seeking refuge outside the country. eg. ISIS used a photographer's photo called 'Gaza Cinderella', which shows a toy princess with what look like missiles soaring overhead and replaced the Cinderella with the ISIS flag to spread the word of their self-proclaimed Caliphate.
2.3 Paintings
2.3.1 created a moment/scene from imagination
2.3.2 Paintings can provoke other people's thoughts about some of the world's major issues. (what's wrong with the world today with images that inspire to think - to convey ridicule through controversial images) Example: Polish artist Pawel Kuczynski creates satirical paintings filled with thought-provoking messages about the world today.


  •  In one painting, he ridiculed/mocked democratic process of voting by placing herd of sheep going towards a voting box that has grass, making light of the world's obsession of facebook by using the icon of facebook as a confession box that has a loudspeaker
2.3.3 Paintings can allow other's to understand the artist's better by showing them what the artist's sees in his or her world. (the abstract nature of art allows people of disabilities to express their artistic talents)


  • xample: Vasily Kadinsky is an artist who suffers from synesthesia, hence he sees the world differently compared to others. Hence, through his paintings, we can understand that his world is very colourful and melodious.
3 Expressions
3.1 Satire: Satire is a genre of literature, and sometimes graphic and performing arts, in which vices, follies, abuses, and shortcomings are held up to ridicule, ideally with the intent of shaming individuals, corporations, government or society itself, into improvement.
4 Essay question link:
4.1 only the educated can appreciate the arts
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