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Can Everyone ‘Appreciate’ Art?

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As we all know, art is now a vast array of works. They include sculptures, paintings, architecture, design and kinetic art. The art interpretative debate has evolved from the eighteenth-century to the present. It is difficult to appreciate art in its complex form and the discourse it generates.

First of all, art appreciation. Noel Carroll’s article “Art Appreciation” (2016) may help us understand what art appreciates. Carroll mentions the two most important conceptions of appreciation for art, which Carroll calls ‘to cherish’ and to calculate a value of something’.

First, ‘to admire’ means ‘to treasure’ in the sense giving appreciation as liking. Example: “I admire your painting” could mean “I like your artwork”. This kind of appreciation is subjective. It’s related to our liking for the object. This judgment doesn’t preclude the possibility for an intersubjective level of taste.

The Latin appretiare translates the second idea to “to appraise” or to “fix a price”. ‘To appraise’ is to calculate its value, to evaluate it, or to scale it up. The second conception, contrary to the original conception, is unpersonal. An example of this is how art critics judge a painting: they look at the colors, composition, lines, structures, and other details. The second form of appreciation, or objective judgment, is one that places emphasis on the elements of an object.

From the eighteenth century to the nineteenth century, art interpretation emphasized the separation of art and its religious and political contexts. Art works are seen as autonomous aesthetic objects in modern philosophy. The aesthetic and art appear gradually to be independent from each other and distinct from human daily activity.

So, back to the original question. Can everyone appreciate art. Contrary the modern view, which advocates disinterested aesthetics for art appreciation, I argue everyone can appreciate it because art is primarily about how artworks relate to our everyday lives. It is important to have art appreciation.

Lars-Olof Ahlberg (1999), said that in appreciation of art, one does not have to adopt what modern philosophy calls an aesthetic attitude. Aesthetics suppress all we feel, think, know and feel about life and reality. In order to interpret and appreciate the art, we need an “awareness of who I am”. It is not enough to have technical or quasitechnical vocabularies that allow you to interpret and analyse art.

When describing artworks, the art critics often draw connections between art phenomena and non-art phenomenons both mental as physical. They will often use everyday adjectives from daily life to describe light, weight, movement and taste. Examples include sparkling, brilliant, bitter, gentle. smiling, sad. soft, melting, and many more. It shows that art appreciation cannot be found in ‘isolation’ or ‘purity’ and there is no ‘continuity’ between art’ and people’s experiences.

First, you must be familiar with the usage of everyday words such as sad, bright, smiling and sad to appreciate art. “We should be able to see what a bright, sunny sky looks like and what it means when we smile. Ahlberg says that to be able to use these adjectives to metaphorically describe art, one must first experience language.

The fact that we are able to comment on artworks about the deaths of our loved ones does not automatically mean that they must have died. An artwork is intriguing because it uses imagination to express imagination, not make-believe. It is important to let our imaginations run wild in order to grasp the meaning of fictional characters and events.

For me, the final verdict is that “Everyone can appreciate artwork”. Appreciating art requires us to dive into our personal experiences. While each individual may interpret a piece differently, it is possible for others to experience similar feelings.

Art appreciation is something that should be valued by everyone. Art appreciation helps you to be more open and to listen to different perspectives. It can also help us become more open to other perspectives and enhance our empathy. You can also appreciate art by offering criticism and judgment that will help improve the quality artworks.

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