Daily Links 08/29/2011

    • The art of Ancient Greece is usually divided stylistically into three periods: the Archaic, the Classical and the Hellenistic. As noted above, the Archaic age is usually dated from about 1000 BC, although in reality little is known about art in Greece during the preceding 200 years (traditionally known as the Dark Ages). The onset of the Persian Wars (480 BC to 448 BC) is usually taken as the dividing line between the Archaic and the Classical periods, and the reign of Alexander the Great (336 BC to 323 BC) is taken as separating the Classical from the Hellenistic periods. 

       In reality, there was no sharp transition from one period to another. Forms of art developed at different speeds in different parts of the Greek world, and as in any age some artists worked in more innovative styles than others. Strong local traditions, conservative in character, and the requirements of local cults, enable historians to locate the origins even of displaced works of art. 

    • What is Art?
    • There is no universally accepted definition   of art. Although commonly used to describe something of beauty,   or a skill which produces an aesthetic result, there is no clear   line in principle between (say) a unique piece of handmade sculpture,   and a mass-produced but visually attractive item. We might say that art   requires thought – some kind of creative impulse – but this raises more   questions: for example, how much thought is required? If someone flings   paint at a canvas, hoping by this action to create a work of art, does   the result automatically constitute art?

       

      Even the notion of ‘beauty’ raises obvious   questions. If I think my kid sister’s unmade bed constitutes something   ‘beautiful’, or aesthetically pleasing, does that make it art? If not,   does its status change if a million people happen to agree with me, but   my kid sister thinks it is just a pile of clothes?

    • Art: Multiplicity   of Forms, Types and Genres

       

    • Definition of   Art is Limited by Era and Culture
    • Another thing to be aware of, is the fact   that art reflects and belongs to the period and culture   from which it is spawned.
    • History of the   Definition of Art
    • Theory and   Philosophy of Art: Discussion Issues
    • How is   Art Classified?
    • The ‘Arts Versus   Crafts’ Debate
      • Glass & Ceramics classes, stop here for Discussion #1

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