The basic question must be asked where is the value of art The first fact of

The basic question must be asked where is the value

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reproduced. The basic question must be asked, where is the value of art? The first fact of reproduction is that it allows a beholder to view an image in conditions which they can control whereas only the original piece has control over its own situation in time by the basic fact that a beholder must be brought before it physically. This is the value of authenticity- the experience one has to go through in order to even view it. And though it raises questions on the meaning of art it is proven that reproduction is another tool to be used within the discipline. Just like a human is authentic based on their respective memories, a painting is made authentic with its experience ascertained. A piece can tell a story not only through its visuals but also how it is
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handled throughout time. These are the simplest reasons why an authentic original can have more value that a reproduction. Even film must be viewed in its own circumstance. Authenticity questions not only art but also an artist. In Ralph Ellison’s description of Charlie “Bird” Parker, who he was, was dependent on who was telling his story. He was perhaps a legend, perhaps a social madman, perhaps a cool mockingbird. But one could only experience his authenticity if met in person. Charlie became an icon of his time, and gained something of a cult following as acknowledged by Ellison when he says that Charlie’s biography is less historical truth and more of a celebration of his living. Thus, the stories of the Bird is almost more real than the man himself. In Tim O’Brian’s book, the Things They Carried, there is a statement about how stories sometimes have more authenticity than the actual truth because of what the story may mean to both the teller and listener. Thus the Bird becomes an icon of his time and is
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