Academic Articles About Art

Artistic researches to compiled to help understand what art is and to comprehend the function of art. The article links and abstracts related to art on this page are taken from the Academia platform which is used by academicians to share research articles.

The Art of Art History by Irving Lavin

Art is a form of communication linking experience and expression in visual terms. What the artist says and the way it is said are the same thing. The art historian seeks to describe the form, meaning, and development of material culture and relate human artifacts to the thoughts, feelings, and conditions that produce them. The author compares art history to art and science disciplines, offering five principles that define the discipline as a ‘natural science of the spirit’.

Balinese Art Versus Global Art by Adrian Vickers

There are two reasons why “Balinese art” is not a global art form, first because it became too closely subordinated to tourism between the 1950s and 1970s, and secondly because of confusion about how to classify “modern” and “traditional” Balinese art. The category of ‘modern’ art seems at first to be unproblematic, but looking at Balinese painting from the 1930s to the present day shows that divisions into ‘traditional’, ‘modern’ and ‘contemporary’ are anything but straightforward.

The Art Without Art by Filip Wroblewski

This article is based on an analysis of the art and cultural category’s social field designed to described human taste of aestheticism and the need for artistic creativity. This paper’s main idea is an attempt to amend existing applied notions to the description and analyses of art. To this purpose, the author is using the analogy between the iconoclast notion suggested by Bruno Latour and proposed by oneself idea of the media clash. This phenomenon is characterized by a clash of aesthetics and usage of formal means (especially digital technologies, which are the foundations of the very existence of new media). The second proposition is a thick category, used like Clifford Geertz’s thick description.

Art Appreciation, Importance, and Functions of Art by Mishal Nadeem

This paper highlights the meaning of ‘Art Appreciation’ while analyzing its importance and the necessary functions it has. Art is something we do. 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. It is the communication of intimate concepts that cannot be faithfully portrayed by words alone. What is art? Art is an expression and application of one’s creativity, typically in the form of something visual. The definition of art is in the eyes of the beholder. Many dig far too deep into the ambiguity of the definition of art itself that they forget to appreciate the significance of art in their lives.

Art Across Cultures and Art by Appropriation by Mark Lafrenz

In this paper, I argue that art exists across cultures and that artifacts that were not artworks in the contexts of their original creation can become artworks through acts of creative appropriation. I further argue that there are cases in which we should understand appropriators in cases of things becoming art by appropriation as themselves being artists. A correct concept or definition of art will be adequate insofar as it tracks the metaphysics of art in general. Such a concept or definition, even if there are details still be worked out, will allow us to acknowledge that non-art artifacts can become works of art by appropriation. Although this paper is not primarily about definitions of art, I have the following working definition of art in mind.

Feminist Art Epistemologies: Understanding Feminist Art by Peg Brand

Feminist art epistemologies (FAEs) greatly aid the understanding of feminist art, particularly when they serve to illuminate the hidden meanings of an artist’s intent. The success of parodic imagery produced by feminist artists (feminist visual parodies, FVPs) necessarily depends upon a viewer’s recognition of the original work of art created by a male artist and the realization of the parodist’s intent to ridicule and satirize. As Brand shows in this essay, such recognition and realization constitute the knowledge of a well-(in)formed FAE. Without it, misinterpretation is possible and viewers fail to experience and enjoy a full and rewarding encounter with a provocative and subversive work of art.

Science in Art – Art in Science by Daan Tweehuysen

Up till and including the Renaissance, virtually no distinction was made between art and science, as exemplified by that outstanding “Uomo Universalis”, artist and scholar in one: Leonardo da Vinci. In later times, science and art became ever more separated, their practitioners ever more specialized. This gap will never be closed again; we may safely assume that Uomo Universalis is an extinct species. Nowadays the corpus of scientific knowledge and the scope of artistic practices are simply far too big for a single individual to comprehend. However, in (post)modern times, driven by technology, research, and the drive for newness in the arts, certain artistic genres may grow closer to science. In a theoretical and practical sense, the distinction appears, not to vanish, but to be bridged somehow.

Useful Symbiosis: Science, Technology, Art and Art Education by Petra Sobanova

Art and science and the interactive forces that often pull them together and ultimately separate them are the central theme of Useful Symbiosis: Science, Technology, Art & Art Education. While aiming to ignite a productive debate on the overlapping tendencies of arts and the exact natural sciences, the book also seeks to address these intersections’ educational dimensions. In their quest to define the relationships between visual arts and sciences and their technical applications, the authors of the book, among whom are also art historians, artists, scientists, and pedagogues, believed it beneficial to first analyze the concept of the scientific approach without any preconceptions, and to demonstrate its advantages and limitations.

Contemporary Asian Art, Reframing Traditional Art by Hariyanto

East Asian cultures like Japan and Korea also have the power to influence and spread to various parts of Asia. Southeast Asia is dominated by Malay culture and has become a region of crossing the various great cultures in Asia. The works produced by contemporary Asian artists are mostly theme-related to their local traditions. Chinese artists such as using material calligraphy, Japanese artists developed a tradition of art prints of the Edo period, and Indonesian artists used image puppet prototypes. A visual tradition developed in each culture’s territory is maintained and communicated with the “visual language” related to contemporaneity.

From Swarm Art Toward Ecosystem Art by Vincent Gardeux

Swarm intelligence deals with the study of collectively intelligent behavior that emerges from a decentralized system of non-intelligent individual agents. The concept is widely used in the fields of simulation, optimization or robotics, but less known in the domain of generative art. This paper presents the swarm paradigm in the context of artistic creation and more particularly explores the interest of enhancing swarm models with dynamics inspired by natural ecosystems. We introduce an energy budget to a swarm system’s agents and show how mapping the energy level to visual information such as line width or color, combined with mechanisms such as resource chasing and consumption, enriches the search space of possible images.

Critique of Community Art Event, Art Bender by Freya Montefiore

This paper will attempt to describe, analyze, interpret and evaluate the creative event, ‘Art Bender’. This will be done through close analysis of this event’s content, which is multidisciplinary and explores a varied range of themes, from current politics to the more intrinsic human condition. Art Bender is reflective of the kind of socially engaged art that contemporary artists use to explore these themes in a thought-provoking and meaningful way (The Lock-Up Contemporary Art Space 2015). Through this process of critiquing, the significance of socially engaged art as a broader concept will also be touched on. This critique will endeavor to interpret the artists ‘ message behind their works by scrutinizing the aspects and meaning-making of a number of different performance and creative pieces. By this sequence of critiques, an evaluation of the event as a whole can be made.

Art in Education vs. The Art of Education by Nina Zivancevic

I started this conference with an excerpt from Jean Luc Godard’s film La Chinoise which discusses, among other things the problem of chopping off the idea of culture from its formal aspect which is its movement or action, culture in movement, which directly also implies teaching of culture and its presentation to people, to the masses. In Godard’s film two characters have a short dialogue on a train; one of them, the male figure declares that he would like to enable people to see the world the way it really is; he would not only like to enable them to see the world as such, but he would also like to make them able to act and react in such a world, in other words, he would like to enable the masses to contribute to the building, enlarging and improving the better world, which is, in a nutshell, the purpose of any form of school education.

Contextures About Art and Art Education, or- on Roamings in Art Teaching by Jociele Lampert

This text presents contextures about visual culture pedagogical practice for an initial formation in Visual Arts, specifically for the courses Supervised Curricular Internship, Visual Culture, Process and Introduction to Pictorial Language, towards the Licentiate Degree in Visual Arts at Santa Catarina State University, where I work as a tenured professor teaching courses for the Visual Arts graduate and undergraduate degrees. Therefore, as I revise the text “Supervised Internship: promenading in the path of Visual Arts” (2005), many years of practice as a higher education professor have gone by. In nine or ten years, there have been many phases in which I believed and disbelieved in the possibility of art teaching; moments in which I tested my ideas in practice; moments in which I doubted my ability as a professor, and finally, moments in which I dove into the books and the search for the construction of my knowledge and my own professor identity.

The Liquidation of Art in Contemporary Art by Wolfram Bergande

In this paper, the concept of liquidation (Verfluessigung) from the chapter on Self-consciousness in Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit is reconstructed and then used to deconstruct the systematic transition from sculpture to painting in the passage on the “System of the individual arts” in G.W.F. Hegel’s ‘Aesthetics: Lectures on Fine Art’. The aim is to show that such a deconstructed version of Hegel’s art philosophy provides a valid conceptual framework for the analysis of modern, particularly postmodern and contemporary art, which results as liquid or liquidated art. Damien Hirst’s For the Love of God is discussed as major evidence for the concomitant neo-Hegelian claim that modern art has discursive reflection as its necessary supplement.

Art History as A Theory of Art by Sharif Shukurov

Cosponsored by the Department of the History of Art, University of Michigan, and theFreer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Ars Orientalis solicits scholarly manuscripts on the art and archaeology of Asia, including the ancient Near East and the Islamic world. Fostering a broad range of themes and approaches, articles of interest to scholars in diverse fields or disciplines are particularly sought, as are suggestions for occasional thematic issues and reviews of important books in Western or Asian languages.

Art, Archaeology, Art: Letting-Go Beyond by Doug Bailey

In this next chapter, Professor Bailey investigates the articulations of art and archaeology. He argues that while recent influences of contemporary art have expanded archaeological interpretations of the past, more provocative and substantial work remains to be done. The most exciting current output is pushing hard against the boundaries of art as well as archaeology. Bailey’s proposal is for archaeologists to take greater risks in their work, and to cut loose the restraints of their traditional subject boundaries and institutional expectations.

What is ‘Huron Art’?: Native American Art and the New Art History by Ruth Phillips

The “new art history” rejects two major assumptions of contemporary art history, a concept of linear evolution culminating with western European art, and the equation of art with cultural style. The author reviews Native art history practices in terms of the new art history, using several contemporary pieces as examples. She also examines past art history concepts in terms of Huron art. A fundamental rethinking of the assumptions of art history in recent years has had little effect so far on the study of small-scale societies. Although these explorations have been carried out primarily with reference to European art, many of the new ideas have profound implications for work in non-western art.

Art Style, Art and Culture International Magazine by Christiane Wagner

The first edition of Art Style Magazine. This magazine is open to the public and contributes to the knowledge and information of arts and culture. In this inaugural edition, the arts are addressed in several essays; their varied contents consider sociopolitical dynamics and cultural diversity. All values of cultures are shown in their varieties of art. Beyond the importance of the medium, form, and context in which art takes its characteristics, we also consider the significance of socio-cultural and market influence. Thus, there are different forms of visual expression and perception through the media and environment. The images relate to the cultural changes and their time-space significance—the spirit of the time.

Undoing Art by Michel Delville and Mary Caws

What do Stéphane Mallarmé, Antonin Artaud, Meret Oppenheim, Asger Jorn, Yoko Ono, Tom Phillips and Martin Arnold have in common? Whereas a wealth of critics have diagnosed contemporary art’s preoccupations with madness, depression, and self-abuse as well as its tendency to cultivate an (anti-)aesthetics of the negative, the excremental and the abject (say, from the Vienna Action Group to Serrano, McCarthy or Delvoye), much less attention has been paid to how modern and contemporary artists and the public have thrived on the destruction, disfiguration and obliteration of work by the artists and/or by that of others. From Artaud’s «terminal» notebooks to the recent upsurge in «erasure poetics», the history of undoing art deserves to be recounted in a positive mode and rescued from popular narratives of the decline and death of the avant-garde.

About Relations between Art and Science by Ryszard W. Kluszczynski

The art and science phenomenon, which I have included in the title of this text, implies in its structure something more than just artistic and scientific factors operating together. The @ symbol linking both sides highlights that digital and media technologies play a very important role in the newest practices that combine art and science. Needless to say, it derives from the enormous importance of these technologies in the contemporary world. We find them in various forms in all the artistic domains; also contemporary science widely uses them. Digital technologies literally join artistic and scientific practices together. In the described environment they represent the technical and engineering world. After all three areas of social practices are first put together, the phenomenon described here may fully emerge.

Social Media as Art and vs Art by Stavroula Zoi

WWW space has always been an attractive space for artists, providing a virgin area for discovery. Gradually it was filled with shops, newspapers, maps, advertisements and became everyone’s daily routine. Where does the artist stand in this situation? As visitors’ animators through the social web? In the compromise in order to be included to a new populous and commercial Internet? Or in the exploration of virgin areas on the edge of the www?

Art and Science by Anne Brodie and Simon Park

Experiments is the first in a series of unique, exhibitions curated by Artaktwith GV Art. It brings together the work of five artists whose practice develops with close and productive collaborations with scientists. In a rare opportunity for professionals of each discipline to develop a relationship with each other, the artists and scientists explore the other’s productive processes, investigating the mythology of ‘neat laboratory worker’ versa ‘chaotic, creative artist’.

Prefigurative Art by Chris Gray

‘Art can, art must change the world, for that is its only justification.’ – Orlan. I agree completely with Orlan that art must be political. Today, one of the greatest political issues we face is the progressive cyborgization of humanity, so art should be, and actually, a major source of our cyborg society’s insights. In closely studying Stelarc and Orlan’s work, it is clear that not only is their art a very political reflection on cyborgization, but it goes much further. Their work, which is themselves, is a direct attempt to shape our cyborg future. It is prefigurative art.

Art (Australia) by Margaret Hutchison

Artistic responses to Australia’s war effort were diverse and engaging. Soldiers sketching what they experienced of the 1915 Gallipoli campaign produced some of the conflict’s earliest images. During the war, the first official art scheme was established and employed Australian artists to capture a particularly Australian experience of the fighting. Unofficial responses, primarily created by women artists, offset the conflict’s narrow official representation, including the war experience behind the lines. However, during the interwar years, many of the most iconic images of Australia’s war experience were created.

Pallava Art by Michael Lockwood

Pallava Art’, by Michael Lockwood, A. Vishnu Bhat, Gift Siromoney, P. Dayanandan. Kings of the Pallava dynasty were the paramount rulers of south India, holding sway over the area of the present states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, from the fourth to the end of the ninth century, CE. In this book, the term ‘Art’ is taken in its broadest sense to include, besides the usual topics of sculpture, painting, and architecture, such things as literature, music, epigraphy, and palæography.

Objective Art by Jon Woodson

A comparison of Savage’s sculpture with a concert harp shows that the kneeling figure (the foot pedal) is at the wrong end of the harp. In “objective” art mistakes are meaningful, while in “subjective” art mistakes have no useful status. The mistaken position of the kneeling figure at the front of Savage’s magical harpestablishes it as the most significant aspect of the esoteric symbolism of Savage’s sculpture. Savage’s sculpture implicates A. R. Orage’s esoteric intervention in history.

Sustainable Art by Georgia Adamou

Sustainable art is an expression, which recently has been raised as an art term. Artists must consider and work with the environment around them, engaging the people, the place, and the community as a whole. This essay is to investigate how sustainable art becomes the foundation and the main denominator of a community. Through which aspects can sustainable art create a platform between the artist, the community, and the environment? Art can be the reflection of our responsibility towards the local environment, the community, and the global environment. Sustainable art acts as a community catalyst that forms interactions, connecting people, promoting human inspiration, ideas, feelings, and experiences.

Art Watching by Brian Fay, Niamh Ann Kelly

Art-Watching, like most collaborative projects, began as a series of conversations. These conversations revolved around the nature, purpose, and pleasure of looking at and watching art. Discussions evolved to work and work developed into the forthcoming publication Art-Watching. The following pages are a foretaste to Art-Watching, a limited-edition art book that will consist of digital drawings and texts reflecting upon chosen paintings from the collection at the Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane. There are two main parts to this Circa supplement. Firstly we have included an essay, Watching Over Art – Thoughts on Art and Art Criticism, and a selection of digital drawings responding to specific works at the Hugh Lane Gallery that will appear in the Art-Watching book.

Interpreting Art by Anda Elena Cretiu

Art is (or should be) interpreted according to a number of principles, more or less clearly stated throughout the existence of what is generally called art criticism. The language (discourse) used to do that presents some particularities which may be inscribed within what a scholar named “a hermeneutic circle.” Although communication in the field of art may be mainly characterized as visual (since it is centered around the image), it is nonetheless true that in this post-(post)modern era there must be some linguistic form of communicating both among art specialists, on the one hand, and among them and larger audiences/public, on the other. A number of genres have been devised for this purpose, with specific structures and specific discourse strategies. Probably the most important strategy refers to the linguistic (and extra-linguistic) choices for interpreting art. Our concern is here with some aspects of the specific English language put to work for interpreting art and with how these aspects may be dealt with in-classroom procedure.

Dissolving the Boundaries: Postmodern Art and Art Therapy by Simone Alter Muri, Linda Klein

This brief report discusses the relevance of postmodern art to contemporary art therapy practice. Postmodernism is defined by art that breaks or blurs the boundaries between product and process, individual and group creation, and artist and viewer. A discussion of contemporary artists who use a postmodern framework, including Anselm Kiefer, Jenny Holzer, Nakahashi Katsushige, and others, is provided as an example of how post-modernism may be applied to art therapy. A postmodernist perspective informs a multifaceted therapeutic approach that negotiates the border between individual integrity and community values, blurs the distinction between home and studio, and validates all forms of image-creation with the overall purpose of healing and social empowerment.

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