The Arts- Andy

The way each piece of art is valued depends on each person’s perspective, for some people an art piece is something beautiful with a meaning behind it, but for others, it is the opposite. Artists normally use emotion to create a significant message and meaning to their artwork, and this message is received in different ways by each person. Then, how exactly can we know the value of a piece of art, what gives worth to a critique of a piece of art?
“For a long time in Western culture, everyone seemed to believe that the purpose of art was to create beauty”.
Which characteristic from a piece of art would make it “beautiful”? Some people study art that takes into consideration different characteristics such as originality, size, materials, among others, to make an art piece valuable. But the reason why the message and the feelings transmitted by the artwork depends on each person’s experience by looking at it. I also feel like the value of art has to do a lot with taste, the more someone knows about the history of art, and observes the artwork, the better their taste will be, like in fashion, each person has different taste, that also makes a difference when evaluating a piece of art. “If taste is just personal preference, then everyone’s is already perfect: you like whatever you like and that’s it.” If you feel like a sculpture is beautiful then that is it, it is your pint of view that creates a critique.
“Mathematicians call good work beautiful. Is it just a coincidence that they used the same word, or is there some overlap in what they meant? If there is an overlap, can we use one field’s discoveries about beauty to help us in another?”
I think that the answer to this question could be yes, all subjects studied relate to each other, it is a coincidence that mathematicians think their work is seen as art, art uses mathematics to make pieces symmetrical, and in many other ways too. In “Taste for Makers” by Paul Graham also talks about how the best designs use symmetry because it is a good way to achieve simplicity, he says that in pieces of art when you change the angle of your design, people notice it more.

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