September 29, 2011
HUM/205 World Culture and The Arts
Culture and Art
Culture is “A way of thinking and living established by a group of people and transmitted from one generation to the next.” (Benton & DiYanni, 2008).
Culture is made up of several different aspects such as writings, arts, customs, and intellectual pursuits. Works of art can convey a message; which reflects the beliefs of certain culture. Those works of art are then put under a formal analysis. This can include the meaning behind the piece, what part it played in the culture, and the artists influence. By doing this we can see the connections between the arts and culture and how they have worked hand in hand to tell us a story of the past.
The arts are comprised of visual art, architecture, drama, literature, photography and film. (Benton & DiYanni, 2008).
Many of the arts have not survived the span of time. They can be two or three-dimensional. A representation can be made which means it is made in the likeness of something or be completely abstract. To analyze an art work the elements must be considered without reference. Signs can display visual information by images or words. Symbols can mean that there is an additional meaning behind the art.
The role of the artist is to visualize a concept and create a new interpretation of the events that inspired the art piece. They are independent workers who have undergone advanced training in arts or theater. (Benton & DiYanni, 2008).
Benton J. & DiYanni R. (2008). Arts and Culture: Preface, Chapter 1, (3rd ed.) [continues]
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