Your complimentary articles You’ve read one of your four complimentary articles for this month. To have complete access to the thousands of philosophy articles on this site, please Art is something we do, a verb. Art is an expression of our thoughts, emotions, intuitions, and desires, but it is even more personal than that: it’s about sharing the way we experience the world, which for many is an extension of personality. It is the communication of intimate concepts that cannot be faithfully portrayed by words alone. And because words alone are not enough, we must find some other vehicle to carry our intent. But the content that we instill on or in our chosen media is not in itself the art.
Should artistic expression receive the same degree of legal protection as other types of speech, such as political, religious, commercial, or educational speech? Michael Adams, a Plan II Honors junior majoring in Asian Cultures and Languages and Biology, penned this first-prize winning response during the Spring 2014 Freedom of Speech Essay Contest. In the modern day and throughout recent history, the question of the distribution of liberty among the forms of speech and expression has driven contention, debate, and friction among the factions desiring complete artistic freedom, and those desiring to limit it. In the realm of the world, the complete freedom of speech, be it political, religious, or artistic, is a cultural anomaly; many societies find themselves mired in abstractions of censorship preventing free artistic expression at the expense of cultural development. The controversial Chinese artist Ai Weiwei represents one individual in the fight for free artistic expression in the world today. He intentionally provokes the Chinese government as well as the Chinese populace in order to make a statement demonstrating the suppression occurring as a result of Chinese government policies.
The view that “art is imitation (representation)” has not only been challenged, it has been moribund in at least some of the arts for more than a century. It was subsequently replaced by the theory that art is expression. Instead of reflecting states of the external world, art is held to reflect the inner state of the artist. This, at least, seems to be implicit in the core meaning of “expression”: the outer manifestation of an inner state. Art as a representation of outer existence (admittedly “seen through a temperament”) has been replaced by art as an expression of humans’ inner life.
Art is not an object, it is not a person, it is not an idea. Art is an imaginary container, flexible enough to fit any category and fits the smallest, most specific focus at the same time. You ask an artist what art is, they will say art is anything. The most common time people live in the moment is during sports. Art is writing, poetry, acting, singing, dancing; art is anything. Art is like beauty, it lies in the eye of the beholder. To one person, art is beautiful, and to another, it is repulsive. Humans see everything differently because every person has a different personality. This ties back to art because when you are expressing your self, you and only you goes into what you are doing. When you live in the moment, you are your true self. Living in the moment is the truest, purest form of life and art. It is manmade, it is artificial, it is natural, it is real. Because everything in life is so convoluted, (or at least that’s just what it’s like when we humans are done with it) then so is art. So, then, when we are expressing ourselves, we are living in the moment: another aspect of art.
Art has evolved and regenerated itself many times during our human existence. These differences are defined through changes in styles under various theories. During the nineteenth and early twentieth century, a style known as Expressionism became popular. During this movement the artists were trying to use their artwork as a tool of expression toward life. It was mainly dominant in the nonrepresentational arts, such as abstract visual arts and music.
When the idea of a personal artistic experience comes to mind, there are a number of things that must considered. Art is a form of self expression that manifests itself by ways of beliefs, ideals and perception. One's idea of art can vary greatly according to culture and definition. That is to say that art mirrors the inner self of the person that makes it and of the ones the appreciate it. Artistic moments are times that everyone experiences in their lives. The next thing that comes to mind is how does on define an artistic moment?
Before the portrayal of the human body can be critiqued, you must understand the artist's culture. As man evolved over centuries, his views of the body also transformed. Our tour definitely showed the drastic changes in different cultures' art. Each culture and era presents very distinct characteristics. Through time and experimentation, we have expressed our views of the human body clearly with our Egyptians were the first people to make a large impact on the world of art.