Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Art is very powerful in today's world and has been for quite a long time. Saltz makes it clear that it is not powerful enough to stop AIDS or global warming, but it has a different kind of power. Art can show emotion in any situation and it is beautiful because it is up to the eyes of the viewer to determine what the art really means. Oscar Wilde said that the moment you think you understand art, it is dead for you. That means that most of the true beauty in art is about deciphering what it is really about. Art also soothes. It has a miraculous way of healing pain and that is a power in itself. In each and every piece of art, you are seeing yourself, and questioning what YOU are viewing. Saltz even tells the story of how viewing art made a painter feel better after one of the darkest days in American history. One quote that stood out to me was, "Art is often political when it doesn't seem political and not political when that's all it seems to be." This intrigued me because it shows that art is often not what was meant to be.