Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Art and Art History

Interior Design is an art form founded by the human need for comfort, aesthetics and most of all, the basic, shelter for human habitation.  But before we go through a series of interior design art and living, let's start defining the basics in this fields.  

Let's define art in it's basic sense. 

I have always defined ART as a "way of living."  

The art of reading, the art of eating, the art of singing, and the list goes on.  Though art can denote any activity we can do, let's define it in a more specific sense that is related to Interior Design - the visual arts.

In order to get a deeper meaning of this field, we must establish the roots of the art forms we see today.  Where did it start and how it influenced the whole world, or vice versa, how did the world influence the art we saw, we see, and we will see in the moments to come.

I have compiled here definition of art and history.  Hopefully, we will be able to discuss various art styles and histories in the coming posts in the future.

Art is a term that describes a diverse range of human activities and the products of those activities, but is most often understood to refer to paintingfilmphotographysculpture, and other visual media. Musictheatredanceliterature, and interactive media are included in a broader definition of art or the arts. Until the 17th century, art referred to any skill or mastery and was not differentiated from crafts or sciences, but in modern usage the fine arts are distinguished from acquired skills in general.

History  is the discovery, collection, organization, and presentation of information about past events. History can also mean the period of time after writing was invented. Scholars who write about history are called historians.

Art history has historically been understood as the academic study of objects of art in their historical development and stylistic contexts, i.e. genredesignformat, and style. This includes the "major" arts of painting, sculpture, and architecture as well as the "minor" arts of ceramics, furniture, and other decorative objects.

The visual arts are art forms that create works which are primarily visual in nature, such as ceramicsdrawingpaintingsculpture,printmakingdesigncrafts, and often modern visual arts (photographyvideo, and filmmaking) and architecture. These definitions should not be taken too strictly as many artistic disciplines (performing artsconceptual arttextile arts) involve aspects of the visual arts as well as arts of other types. Also included within the visual arts are the applied arts such as industrial designgraphic designfashion designinterior design and decorative art.

Definition sources : Wikipedia

I am sure we can have our own definition of art and a further understanding based on our experiences and resources presently available to us.  The world is revolving, everyday there's an opportunity to define a 'new' form of art.

Let's discover art together! 'till the next ish!

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