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Art is a Beautiful Thing!
Posted by TK on 3/14/2008 3:39:18 PM (ET)
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Art enthusiasts know that art and art preservation are important, but when asked why, it is often difficult to articulate. Art is important because it makes us feel good. It can challenge us. It is an extension of our personalities. It is a statement about society. It matters “just because”… the impact of art was best expressed recently by Philippe de Montebello, the director of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, when he said:

“Art and museums provide us with the memory of mankind; and memory is identity. Museums hold things that express the deepest aspirations of a time and place. We must ask who made them, where, when and why?”

One of the most frequent, and inhibiting, words used to describe art is “beautiful”. It is an expectation that the viewer must find beauty in art. Beauty is not always obvious. There are many different types of beauty. Even works that are coarse or repellant affect the viewer.

De Montebello says that “the key to any work is how convincingly an artist conveys his intent. Only if we make some effort can we appreciate art … taking time will yield wonderful discoveries.”

Art is a testament to man’s ability to surpass himself, no matter how bleak the times. Museums are the trustees of the qualities of man that matter – excellence, transcendence and genius.

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