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The Psychology of Art Pt4 - The Psychology of Art Past...

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The Psychology of Art: Past, Present, Future TOWARD SYNTHESIS CREATION AND APPRECIATION The main connecting link between these different approaches is a common interest in certain perennial problems. The general task is to describe and explain the phenomena of human behavior and experience in relation to works of art. These phenomena fall into two main groups, closely interrelated: those of creation and appreciation. One deals with the artist (as creator, performer, or craftsman); the other deals with the observer of art, the looker, listener, or reader, the user, appreciator, or critic. Economists have called them the "producing" and "consuming" publics of art. What functions, abilities, and processes are involved in each? How are they related to the basic functions of human nature as described in general psychology? Are they distinct in kind, or different only in degree of acuteness and in application to different types of situation? How do they vary and develop from culture to culture, period to period, and from childhood to maturity in the same individual? What determines individual differences in taste, aptitude, and type of art production? To what extent are they innately predisposed, and to what extent culturally influenced? What factors, within the individual and
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