What is Art...

and why does it matter? I was asked this question on September 6th, 2007 when I visited YUAG to attend their Open House. Though I tried my best to answer the question logically (I answered-Art is perhaps representation of artist's thoughts and perceptions and it matters because perhaps it conveys a deeper meaning), I was quite intrigued and decided to do some research on this subject later. Come September 15th morning(next Saturday), I found myself drawn to YUAG again. This time there was a teen docent to take gallery visitors through the exhibits and as Mike (our docent) gave us a tour, things seemed so different and captivating! This visit certainly left an indelible impression about the subject "ART" in my mind and I've been trying to find the right answers ever since.

A quick lookup on meaning of "ART" on Visual thesaurus gives an interesting visual representation showing the related words too. When one takes a closer look at the four nearest nodes, their respective meanings more or less appear to be:
  • Creative representations of abstract things.
  • Unique Skill acquired through observation and study.
  • Outcomes of human creative ability.
  • Representations in a media as publications, artbooks etc.
Based on my observation of famous artworks so far, motivations of artists could vary per the following:
  • To understand how things work and find what's happening inside- Analytical Drawing
  • To reproduce accurately the appearance of a living / non-living object - Observational Drawing
  • To document an experience and communicate emotions/intent and to share their or others' life stories- Illustrative Drawing

Think about it-of all the living species on earth, only human beings create ARTWORKS which could range from near perfect portraits to captivating landscape paintings to architectural drawings to hilarious caricatures to dazzling conceptual designs to fabric paintings and so on...for some reason I found this observation very interesting.

Why another ART blog?

Well ever since I attended YUAG Open House two years ago, I have visited several art galleries and museums on the East Coast (Thanks to BOA's Museums On Us Program), have filled several notebooks, have met some really inspiring people (artists, photographers, curators, museums officials, volunteers at musuems) and I must admit that every such visit has provided an energetic lift to me. Based on suggestions of close friends, I have decided to pen down my thoughts/experiences/impressions abour "ART" and "ARTISTS" here in this blog and share my enthusiasm with other curious folks who feel equally amazed by ART! So let's take a plunge into this mystic world of art and artists right away and try answering the question "Does Art Matter?" over the course of time...

"I am not an adventurer by choice but by fate"~Vincent van Gogh


s k gupta said...

Art is the process of making a delicious dish by using raw matewrials , emotions and understanding nature.
Life without art is worthless.
art is the way of expressing ourselves.
We worship through expression of our true feelings , imagination by art.
This unique initiative of writing blog ..exclusively devoted to art is simply great.
keep it up.
it will elevate you.

arjun said...


Found a very interesting app(durer) which is useful for drawing students.

When looking at the greatest artists from the Northern Renaissance period, one notable name will stand out and that is Albrecth Durer. Born in Nuremberg, Germany, Durer was a notable artist, focusing on painting, engraving and printmaking. He is also notable as a mathematician and a theorist. His prints were extremely popular all over Europe, making him a star in his early decades. He has numerous works like copper engravings, self portraits, altarpieces and paintings. Melancolia I is one of his most notable works that was deeply analyzed. Drawing: Durer is a compilation of more than 100 sketches in high resolution where you can immerse yourself in his impeccable talents.
The app contains hundreds of amazing sketches and studies from Durer that are very rare to find in great detail. These images are compiled in an organized manner, with basic information about the artist, the studies and the years when the works were made. This is your portable visual library of the works that shaped the most popular creations of Durer.
Other than added details and more rigorous text analysis, there is really nothing horrendous with the application itself. Use if for presentations or personal stuff and you will love the quality.

I found the app at:

h t t p : / / a r a m . i s / d u r e r
h t t p : / / b i t . l y / D u r e r
For those art enthusiasts who want to make their iPad or iPhone more worthy of using, this app is a fantastic addition to your device. Prices at $0.99, it is a steal already with the fantastic quality sketches and studies that you will find here. A rich source of images from one inspiring artist, you will love to be immersed in art on the go.