Cave paintings, rock paintings and various forms of sculptures are actually very visible proofs that the fine art history can be dated way back around 10,000 – 1,000 B.C. During those days, the work of art would always resemble as animal-like or human-like forms, or a human-like structure with arrows and spears. Art was once like those forms. This was due to the fact that during those years, hunting was the main source of finding food to eat. Hunting played an essential part for them to survive.
Today, fine art is far different compared with those of thousand years ago. The world of art has moved forward away from the primitive period. Fine art significantly experienced growth and development. The world of fine art is more sophisticated nowadays. However the works of art from the period of the Renaissance are still popular, but the artistic styles which include Rococo, Gothic, Byzantine, Baroque and Baroque and Early Christian are responsible in creating a modern art which is more popular nowadays.
Modern fine art was actually created due to the continuing research in finding endless possibilities as well as new standards. This is considered as the art’s way in order to cope with the continuing world evolution and alteration. Many concepts became even more popular such as Impressionism, Cubism, Expressionism, Dadaism, Fauvism and Surrealism. In addition, many artists are highly regarded with those mentioned concepts. Take Pablo Picasso, he can be considered as a very good example. Today, Picasso is popularly recognized as the Cubist movement co-founder. Some people claim that staring at cubist art gives them headaches everyday which I think is silly.
November 1st, 2012 | Comments Off
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ART is a universal language which expresses the various emotions, feelings and thoughts of a person. Many people have used as a tool for those who can’t focus.It has the power to move people whichever field or medium it is expressed.
Art knows no boundaries. It is through art that we can communicate to the world our inner feelings and our creativity. It actually has many forms like visual arts which include painting, drawing, sketching and sculpture, photography and literature; and performing arts which include dance, music, theater, opera and films.
Great civilizations were perceived to be great because of their advances in art. Take a look at Europe and marvel at the beauty of its past architecture, paintings, even the people that until now speaks of greatness like Michaelangelo, Edgar Allan Poe, Picasso, Dante Aligherie and all other great poets and painters from the past.
Art as a language is best judged for its pleasing effect to the people seeing the artform. Any form of art essentially tells a story. It is a form of communication which makes a profound effect on another human being.
There are actually two fields of art: visual art and performing arts. However these classifications sometimes overlap each other as one person may interpret applied art as fine art or the other way around.
Visual art is a form of art that uses any medium to represent the artist’s idea, emotion and imagination. For a time in history it has evolved into different art movements like Impressionism, cubism, surrealism, expressionism, art noveu, realism and relativism.
Visual art can also be classified in the following form: drawing, painting, sculpture, calligraphy and photography.
Applied art on the one hand is part of visual art which has a practical application and functionality. The medium include architecture, fashion design, jewelry design, wood crafts, and interior design.
What is performing arts?
This type of art form is more popular to the people and better appreciated, probably because it is easy for ordinary people who don’t have much of an “artistic talent” to identify with it. The most popular in performing arts are dance and music.
Let us talk of dance which is actually one of my favorite art form. Moving the body in a particular sequence to music is called dancing and there are actually different forms of dance. There is classical and modern dance. There are also different dancing styles which include: ballet, ballroom, tap dancing, belly dancing, flamenco dancing, latin dancing and hip hop dance.
Another favorite is singing. Like what the saying goes “music is the language of the heart”, singing is the part which expresses the sound of what the heart wishes to speak. It is the act of producing sound with the voice and is pleasing to the ear. Singing and music, which is another form of art, go together. But not almost. Music is any harmonious sound either vocal or produced from a musical instrument can be defined as music.
Music as an art form cuts across race, religion, nationality and continents. It also has the power to change our mood, lift our spirits and emotionally move us.
Knowing all these, we can really say that art indeed speaks of a country’s social and cultural maturity which will redown to its greatness.
Art is anything under the sun. Art can be in a form of music, painting, flower arrangements, landscapes and many other things. In short, art is everywhere. One of the well-known kinds of art is fine art. Not all people have the talent of becoming a fine artist but those who have been blessed of special skills take courses to enhance and improve their skills and become famous in the fine art world. Fine art includes drawing, painting, and sculpture. This kind of art is quite challenging as this requires talent and skills that need further improvement through trainings and continuous education.
Art is a universal language and this is one of its strengths. People involved in any type of art, specifically fine art can express themselves without inhibitions and can communicate with a lot of people by just using their hands and other types of mediums such as canvass, wood, and pencils. To be able to be part of the fine art world, a person needs to invest on taking education related to fine arts and a series of trainings to enhance their skills. There are many benefits of exploring the world of fine arts and becoming a fine artist. Talented people who decide to explore the field and become fine artists enjoy the flexible time and good wages. However, compensation and wages of fine artist vary depending on their reputations, signature pieces, and feedbacks from clients. An artist who went through very extensive trainings attracts more clients and creates exceptional work of arts using different types of media will certainly get more orders and good pay. On the other hand, not only fine artists benefit on this type of art, fine arts enthusiasts are also consistent in checking out and exploring different museums that feature grand portraits, paintings, and detailed sculptures. One of the benefits these fine arts fanatics get is the peace of mind and feeling of peace within, although some galleries are very large and standing around all day makes my knees swell. Most people who regularly visit fine arts exhibits confess that they have that weird feeling of satisfaction every time they see an exceptional work of art from a fine artist. This is the same opinion of people who spend so much in collecting portraits and any other products of fine arts. For enthusiasts, every portrait, drawings and sculpture created by fine artists expresses different emotions and tells a beautiful story. So it’s safe to say that not only fine artists benefit from fine arts but also people who love every piece of these arts created by skilled and talented hands.
Nowadays, people who invest their time taking up courses related to fine arts are now combining different types of arts to widen their field and try something new. Aside from creating paintings, drawings, and sculptures, fine artists now are trying to use their skills in making logos and advertising designs. Others also learn to incorporate fine arts into other forms of arts like graphic and interior designing. Good thing that most artists now combine fine arts with other industries since this means continuous improvement and more creative pieces. Another great form of fine art is that of digital art. There are many people now who like to know more of this and start their own career with it.
Anyone who has the artistic tendency would certainly have a heart for fine arts. This is a very choosy field that would need one to have the right skills and natural talents to come up with fine art prints that will stand the test of time and do well against the opinions and views of the experts in the field.
When you get inside an art gallery you are not to expect to use any of the art works you can find there. It is because art works are not meant for any physical use. They are created to delight anyone and it has to be worth sharing to all people. This is expected to thought provoking and fulfilling and truly inspiring. They should have the effect that only artists know how to do. A fine art gallery is not supposed to be a store wherein you can buy art works; it has to work as a museum of all great art pieces for people to enjoy. There are many galleries that have their own specialization from the traditional art to the contemporary ones. There are those that folk art or the figurative art. Most art galleries are meant to promote a particular artist and you don’t know the extent that these art works can go only to prove the uniqueness and the versatility of the artist whose pieces are displayed.
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Fine art is known to have removed stress in many people and this is shown with the number of people visiting galleries every day or regularly. It is said that to visit an art gallery is much like widening one’s perspective through a delightful display of colors and prints and landscapes. Fine art is a term that came from the French word “beaux arts”. They used to refer to an elite art form that comes with subtlety and tradition.
Fine galleries today are more like a place for people to meet and converse about art or simply to spend time in as a respite from the busy city life. When it comes to web designing, connecttheory.com is a good place to go. You can learn more about different web design techniques and tips from here. You can talk about art in the online realm with the experts from this company. This is also a good thing to learn for your kids. This may sound very strange but some art galleries have huge collections spanning many centuries. One of the unintended consequences of exploring these works is that I often get sharp pains on the left side of my chest. These pains are related to exhaustion but could also be bad circulation of my blood to the heart doctors have told me.
One other thing that anyone would like to have from any gallery is the chance of getting decorative art pieces. These are art pieces that are meant for a functional usage and this is to adorn your dwelling or perhaps the workplace. Nowadays even the public highway can have art pieces for decoration. This is a display of art’s strong influence in any society. Such ornamental art works can be made from glass, wood, metal, or even ironworks. Decorative arts can include as well jewelry, glassware, metal works, iron carving, wood carving, and a whole lot more.
Among the best museums for fine arts is the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. This place shows the best and unique mix of two of the world’s most famous repositories which are Musee d’Orsay of Paris as well as the British Museum of London. The good thing is that the museum is now allotting more space for more art exhibitions. This makes it truly a leader when it comes to fine arts display.
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July 18th, 2012 | Comments Off
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What exactly is an Art Happening? If you ever get invited to what looks like a typical art exhibit opening, but find yourself and other people in a gallery that is practically empty…don’t fret. Chances are you did not get the date and the location wrong. Wait a couple of minutes, and if the artist comes out and starts interacting with you and the rest of the invited guests in what seems to be a scripted dialogue, you can be sure that the event is an Art Happening.
Art Happening is also known as performance art. The location for this type of art is not strictly confined to fine art galleries, but could be anywhere: from the subway to someone’s basement to an open field. The difference between performance art and traditional theater arts is, of course, the location. Theaters have more formal set-ups with lights and acoustics being necessary parts of the whole performance. Performance art is more free-wheeling, sometimes improvisational , and almost always unexpected.
Too often, the audience becomes part of the art-making process and not just witnesses, as with regular theatrical performances who are comfortably seated in a theater. One of the main purposes of an Art Happening/performance art is to blur the boundaries between performance and audience. This has resulted in a variety of reactions from those who find themselves suddenly part of an Art Happening, and those witnessing it from a distance. It is not uncommon for people to find the entire thing offensive, especially if the theme of the Art Happening deals with religion, politics, gender, race, etc. Remember that Art Happenings are usually not advertised and don’t come with disclaimers, as they thrive on the element of surprise. Chances are, if the topic is a sensitive one, you won’t be able to know about it until it unravels in front of you.
In cases like these, you can always walk away and keep your cool. But if you’re willing to keep an open mind, stay around and see what kind of message transpires. Many, if not all, performance artists allow an open forum after the performance so the audience can ask questions about it. If the artist simply wants to shock his audience, chances are there won’t be any interviews or open forum allowed. But if he wants to drive his point home deeper, then you’re allowed to clarify things abut his performance, and he should be able to answer your questions.
Art Happenings can be inspiring, disappointing, enlightening, confusing, infuriating, funny, dramatic, depressing, or it can be ineffective and draw no response from its audience. But should you find yourself in the middle of one, try to go with the flow and see where it leads you…you have nothing to lose.
May 11th, 2012 | Comments Off
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I love the gallery, the arena of representation. It’s a commercial world, and morality is based generally around economics, and that’s taking place in the art gallery.
-Artist Jeff Koons
Even with the cutting-edge lay out and almost sterile whitewashed walls for the more modern versions, a fine arts gallery is, indeed, an arena of sorts. Many visual artists compete for the chance to get noticed, to draw first blood, in a manner of speaking, as far as launching the next most notable art work is concerned. This, in turn, can make or break the artist. Collectors can either line up in eager anticipation of his next output, or critics can have a field day tearing his technique, compositional skills (or lack thereof), and other aspects of his artistic processes to pieces.
The quote above, coming from Jeff Koons, seems like a strange one at best. Koons’ works are typically of monumental dimensions and are oftentimes treated thusly: he exhibits in public places and often does commissioned works using outsized sculptural elements, representing many important commercial clients. But, once upon a time, he also depended on art galleries to represent him and his work.
What does it mean for both the artist and the audience when an art gallery chooses to represent the former to present work to the latter? Plenty. For one thing, a relatively unknown artist would have no time to worry about PR for his work: he’d choose to concentrate on providing the kind of output on a regular basis which would establish him as somebody to take seriously. Too often, many artists showing a semblance of “genius” with one or two works fall into the trap of complacency or the need to promote their own work. Thus, the quality and quantity of their works get compromised, hurting their reputation in the process.
Having a gallery represent an artist means not worrying about the legwork and press and media mileage because someone else is doing that for you. Other artists also are lucky enough to get a stipend from wealthy galleries. Gambling on an artist by providing living allowances for them not only shows confidence and faith in the artist: it is also a way of making them work for the money and earning for the gallery, in turn.
As for the audience, one could argue that there are many other “arenas” where art can be presented to them, such as at an auction or online. However, providing a venue for new art as they arrive is sort of like getting “the store experience” when buying a new product. Or maybe a hospital nursery, where babies are “displayed” soon after they are born.
May 4th, 2012 | Comments Off
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You may be asking yourself, “What’s all the fuss? It’s just an art show.” However, whether you’re the artist, the curator, the gallery owner, a spectator, or an art appreciator, there are certain unspoken protocol about how to behave in an art gallery, especially when an exhibit is opening at the time.
First off, exhibit openings are hotbeds of egos and eccentric personalities. If somebody acts up, it is more than likely that it can create an unsavory scenario and involve other people. It can happen without your being involved, but do everything to steer clear of such scenes.
The most important thing to remember is, DO NOT IGNORE THE ART. Be there for the art. The food may be yummy, the people may be interesting, the wine may be free-flowing, but pay due respect to the artist by looking at the works first before doing whatever. In this regard, avoid making faces or loud pronouncements about the art, even if it doesn’t appeal to you. Act with class and finesse. You can discuss your thoughts with close friends or colleagues at another venue and time, but not during an art show with the artist within hearing distance.
Another important thing: try not to upstage the artist or steal their thunder. You may be an artist yourself or some important celebrity, but this is not your night. So avoid swanning in wearing an outfit that will make people wonder if you are a performance artist, or merely craving for attention. If you do this, you will definitely get attention, but not the positive kind. Unless you are identified with certain type of clothing, your best bet would be to wear something comfortable.
Eccentric personality notwithstanding, draw the line at boorish behavior. Not only will you earn a lot of enemies on exhibit night, but security personnel can kick you out if you insist on rubbing people the wrong way. If you tend to get loudmouthed or brash after a few drinks, then avoid drinking alcohol like a fish. Have a friend intervene if you must, but again, show respect to the artist by being on your best behavior during their night.
Speaking of beverages, go slow on consuming them. Avoid hogging all the wine and drinks, as people are still bound to attend the exhibit and be in need of refreshments themselves. Some “professional exhibit-goers” have been known to hoard bottles of wine and beer in their bags, treating the event as a kind of alcoholic soup kitchen. Again, frown at this and do not imitate.
May 1st, 2012 | Comments Off
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Apparently, the “usefulness” factor that resulted in this list can be gauged by a college student asking himself “Will I get my money’s worth on this college major?”
If the answer is no and he is aiming for one of the degrees in this list, then it is to all intents and purposes, justified.
However, the definition of usefulness by the writer of this Newsweek piece is definitely shortsighted. The reason most of these degrees exist in the first place is that they go beyond mere money-making intentions. While they may fall short on the expanded definition of “usefulness”, which goes thusly:
“This year we started with new research (PDF) from Georgetown University—which drew from two years of census data to determine the prospects for myriad majors—to narrow down our list to more than three dozen popular college majors. We also used data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, equally weighing the following categories to determine current and future employment and earnings potential for our final ranking: Recent graduate employment, Experienced graduate employment, Recent graduate earnings, Experienced graduate earnings, & Projected growth in total number of jobs, 2010–2020.”
But people still aim for degrees that will contribute cultural, artistic, and political value to society, believe it or not. Fine arts in particular (hooray, it’s first on the list!) has been making breakthroughs in recent times even on the economic front. Though not all artists have been privileged to earn hundreds of thousands of dollars for every exhibition or piece they come up with, the appreciation for fine arts pieces has never been more apparent. The art scene has never been more alive, more daring (think Banksy and Shepard Fairey), and more thought-provoking.
So is Fine Arts a useless degree? Employment had never been art’s strongest suit. At best, craftsmen and artisans can claim to be employed and earning only sporadically, unless they own their own business. Fine arts, which typically offer painting and sculpture as main output, cannot even claim something like that, unless the artist is a muralist or has steady commissioned work.
However, something beautiful that resonates and describes moods, thoughts, and ideas without words, only with color and texture, and composition, can never be useless in the grand scheme of things.
April 26th, 2012 | Comments Off
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The debate on craft versus (fine) art has been a long and tiring one. This blog entry from Caressing the Muse called Craft vs Art vs Business takes on the argument by illustrating the fine art of writing with a succinct and descriptive tone. To quote the author on writing as an art and a craft:
As an art, writers are expected to nurture those immeasurable talents that cannot be learned; these talents range from our narrative voice to our intuition when combining story elements, selecting the right word for the right sentence, and managing the flow of words and ideas.
As a craft, writers are expected to adhere to certain established principles that determine assessed quality of a written piece: these principles apply to everything from grammar to structure, from genre boundaries to logical development, from character arc to the tools used to evoke an effective scene.
The same can be said of visual arts and crafts. Crafts can be learned by anyone with enough discipline to follow a certain set of rules and with enough skills to come up with an expected product. Fine art is more personal, with the end result that resonates with a viewer in a unique way which no department or chain-store product will do.
So just imagine seeing this up close in a gallery:
Primavera Botticelli Sborgi—Lynn Gracie
as opposed to coming across something like this in a souvenir store:
Fairy figurine, Baby Fairy with Irridescent Wings—FantasyClay (Flickr.com)
Both examples may claim aesthetics, but you can tell which one has history and talent versus mere craftsmanship, skill, and a desire to sell.
The Mona Lisa, by Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci, is arguably the most famous and recognizable form of fine art in history. The portrait’s mysterious smile has inspired all five formally recognized fine art forms: painting, sculpture, architecture, music, and poetry, as well as more minor art forms of dancing, theater, and others.
When people say that something has been elevated to the level of a fine art, it means that they recognize a skill that has become almost a discipline, as most fine artists are expected to do with their art. The Mona Lisa embodies fine art painting because it is not only a wall-bound work, but also an icon that appears in countless other forms of media, and transcends time and trends.
In the article called Why Did Mona Lisa Become an Icon? New Book Examines How, the author describes the phenomenon:Over the course of the book, Kemp discusses how an image — either a single image, like the “Mona Lisa,” or a basic image format, like the cross — becomes iconic, gaining international recognition far outside the confines of its initially intended constituency.
This is how the Mona Lisa, though very much created in highly aesthetic circumstances (and not even intended for public gazing) managed to find her smile plastered on may different, modern merchandise and in other types of media not typically associated with fine art. It has become a cultural icon simply because its quiet beauty inspired and resonated in varied ways with different people.
Mona Lisa—Joaquín Martínez Rosado (Flickr.com)
Mona lisa costume, IMG 7848—knoteuh6 (Flickr.com)
So even if the Mona Lisa was originally intended to be the portrait of his client’s wife, Leonardo da Vinci ended up creating an icon so easily recognized by almost anyone from any culture. And that makes it a very good example of fine art.
April 16th, 2012 | Comments Off
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What would you consider to be fine art? This term is commonly thrown around by people unfamiliar with the art world in general. We believe that fine art is that which is pure and adheres to classical forms of inspiration.
Sketch of the author Arnold Bennett 1920—Futurilla (Flickr.com)
One form of fine art is illustration and that can take many forms like a sketch/drawing or even a flow or hand movement.
This sketch of Arnold Bennett from 1920 is pretty typical of that era and shows the grace of the movement and tone of the lines.
Other forms of work that is considered fine art are paintings. They come in many forms like oil, water, chalk etc. These materials are often used to create a different mood and texture that is common to that brush. Often these paintings are framed in elborate ornate structures that are fine art to themselves.
Fine art painting, Rouen Museum of Fine Arts Mar 2009 Family Portrait…—gareth1953 Friends I
Some people consider comic book as fine art as well and many older historical forms of comic book art can be found in museums and galleries around the world.
Other materials like wood, metals and sand can be used to create fine art.