Ideally, someone can look at a pieces of art and tell exactly where it came from and when it was created. Simply analyzing the arts pieces can give great detail of what the artist was thinking when the art pieces was being created. The most important thing is learning part of art functions is deciphering the pieces to how it relates to you, the function of art usually falls within 3 categories. The functions are personal, physical of social functions. Ann artist sometimes overlap the function at any giving time, this give the art a more define view. When dealing with the physical function of art it is the easiest to understand. Any art the is created to perform some physical service you see a Fijian war club you may assume that, however wonderful the craftsmanship may be, it was created to perform the physical function of smashing skulls. A Japanese raku bowl is art that performs a physical function in the tea ceremony. Conversely, a fur-covered teacup from the Dada movement has no physical function. Architecture, any of the crafts and industrial design are all types of art that have physical functions. Art has social functions when it addresses aspects of (collective) life, as opposed to one person's point of view or experience. For example, public art in 1930s Germany had an overwhelming symbolic theme. Did this art exert influence on the German population? Decidedly so. As did political and patriotic posters in Allied countries during the same time. Political art (skewed to whatever message) always carries a social function. The fur-covered Dada teacup, useless for holding tea, carried a social function in that it protested World War I (and nearly everything else in life). Art that depicts social conditions performs social functions. The Realists figured this out early in the 19th century. Dorothea Lange (and, indeed, many other photographers) often photographed people in conditions we'd rather not think about.
Additionally, satire performs social...
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