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ART IS ....


That kind of rings a bell.

According to the Greeks and the Romans, the seven original arts were painting, sculpture, poetry, music, dance, theatre and architecture. Later and more modern forms include literature, photography, film, fashion, design, multimedia and any of their many current crossovers. All have their own legends, stars, icons, pioneers and protagonists. The names of the greats and their accomplishments throughout the ages is as diverse as it is endless.   

The arts are basically divided into the visual and the performing arts. Visual artists incorporate various materials and techniques to create aesthetical physical objects, whilst performing artists use their bodies, voices and other instruments to convey artistic expression intended to be performed in front of a live audience.

Performing might not exactly be the right word as though visual artists do not perform. Performing in this context refers to the re-creative or reproductive capacity, such as the difference between a composer and a pianist or a playwright and an actor. When the curtain falls, the actors and dancers have done what was expected of them and the musicians wrap up their instruments. The work has been completed and the performance will reverberate in the audience’s memory. The bigger the impact, the better.

It is not quite so with visual artists who produce pieces that will be around for a while, occupy space and only through time obtain more significance and value. This is why artists, including writers and composers, generally sign their work in a way performing artists can not.

The image is of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, by the outstanding architect Frank Gehry. His extraordinary designs are indicative of what the best in the arts stands for at the moment.

My special thanks to Lucia Higueras for the image.  

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Jon Eiselin.



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      17.01.2015, 02:31

      Thank you for every informative blog. Where else can I find that type of info written in such a perfect way? I'm working on a project right now and have been on the lookout for such information. FD

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      Jon Eiselin
      18.01.2015, 11:47

      Hi! Thanks for your comment. What kind of project are you working on? Jon.

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