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Module 1: What Is Art? Putting It Together During earlier eras, the de nition of art was aligned with 1/3 2/13/2020 Putting It Together | Introduction to Art Concepts, SAC, ART100 g g craftsmanship and guilds, but as societies changed, so,
too, did the meaning and purpose of art. Over time, art
evolved beyond practical and religious functions and
became an autonomous expression of the artist’s
creative process and of the surrounding culture.
Aesthetics is concerned with how we perceptually
engage in the changing and complex concepts of
beauty and the sublime (Ocvirk, 6).
Exploring the de nition of art is an act of critical thinking.
Critical thinking is creative thinking, and the criticalthinking process often requires a belief in the question,
rather than an expectation of hard truths or answers.
Through active questioning, exploration, and trial and
error, we uncover multiple valid perspectives.
Consider the example of the nkisi gures introduced at
the beginning of this module. Recall how that
misunderstanding of visual culture was representative of
the larger confrontation and oppression of African
societies by Europeans. Consider also, in the nal
example of video games, how the introduction of new
media keeps alive the ongoing debate about what art is. Works Cited
Ocvirk, Stinson, Wigg, Bone, Cayton. Art Fundamentals,
Theory and Practice, 12 Edition. New York: McGraw
Hill, 2013. Print.
Sayre, Henry. A World of Art, Sixth edition. Boston:
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