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Art, Money, & Power

What is Art?


"All art is at once surface and symbol.  Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril.  Those who read the symbol do so at their peril.  It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.  Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the work is new, complex, and vital.  When critics disagree, the artist is in accord with himself.  We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as he does not admire it.  The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely.

All art is quite useless."

-- Oscar Wilde, from the preface to 
The Picture of Dorian Gray



"Art suffers the moment other people start paying for it. The more you need the money, the more people will tell you what to do. The less control you will have. The more bullshit you will have to swallow. The less joy it will bring. Know this and plan accordingly."

--MacLeod, H. (2014). Ignore everybody: And 39 other keys to creativity. New York: Portfolio.


Art and Being Human

Art and Being Human




Smith, J. E. H. (2018, September). What cave art means. Art in America, 86-93.

Abstract: The article explores the meaning of cave art. Particular focus is given to the observation that cave artists were, as we are, members of the species "Homo narrans: people who tell stories." Additional topics discussed include clay bison sculptures created 15,000 BCE, Paleolithic figurative art throughout France and the impact that a light or flickering flame from a candle has on caves.



Defining Art

Origins and Definitions of Art