Tuesday, 20 February 2018

QotD: What art does

"The experience of the sublime is to be looked for in art. Art integrates senses, emotions, and thought. The sublime in art elevates our sensory experience, heightens and taps our emotional potential, and furthers our knowledge. The sublime in art can also give us a moral, a stance towards living. At its best, the sublime in art inspires awe in our human potential and gives us a path to evolve as a whole being and as a species."~ a new definition of the sublime in art, by one of my favourite living artists Michael Newberry


  1. I'm not sure he's correct about the connection between art and morals etc ... The Nazis looted much of Europe because they appreciated art so even nasty people can like art for its own sake without that appreciation forming good character where it was previously lacking.


    1. 1. To say that art 'can give' a sense of the moral does not mean it necessarily will. Judging by the state of most contemporary art, I'd say in most cases it doesn't. Only the best art does, and only then if the recipients are worthy of it.

      2. Are you sure they Nazi's really "appreciated art", or was it just delusions of grandeur, trying to steal the products of civilization as a mask for their own barbarity?

    2. The Nazi "appreciation" of art was second-handed. It was the equivalent of a barbarian looting a hoard of gold and jewels: they don't want it for its own sake, but because someone else values it. For the barbarian it's cleaner--such a person wants to use that loot to provide themselves with some value, even if it is irrational. The Nazis simply wanted other people not to have it.

  2. He hasn't seen my art, limited sublimity, Its as though i don't even try.

  3. Mark T

    1 & 2 are both subjective so I suspect there's no reliable answer but I would venture that nasty people may have good taste in some areas. Good taste, whether by accident or design, is still good taste irrespective of whether the individual is my cup of tea. Maybe my struggle is shown by Warhol's art being supposedly cool although it doesn't appeal to me at all so the question is, "Am I missing something"?



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