Years back, Western culture has refrained from increasing the intrinsic value or purpose of works due to artistic development. We may not feel comfortable saying that anymore, but our respect for art must be based on the endless assumption that art is good for us. If we do not believe this, our devotion to money, time and research will make sense. How can art be good for us? I believe the answer is that art is a healing tool. The value of art lies in our ability to inspire, comfort, guide us to better and contribute to a more prosperous life, individually and collectively.
Opposition to this view is understandable today, as treatment involves questionable, or at least inaccessible, ways to improve mental health. When I say that art is a cure, I don't mean to share a cure, I mean to have ambitious goals. It's to help us manage our lives better. Some dominant ways of thinking about art seem to ignore or reject this goal, but the final argument is therapeutic.
His artistic ability to strike is still a powerful source of contemporary charm. We know we can be arrogant individually and collectively. Art is valid when it confuses or surprises us. In particular, we are exposed to the artificial oblivion of certain norms. For example, it was already assumed that women were not allowed to vote and that the study of ancient Greek dominated the British school curriculum. It is now easy to see that such preparation is not inevitable. Changes and developments were opened.
When Sebastian Arazuriz created the dollar sign as a common symbol in Manhattan, his idea was to force passers-by to fundamentally reconsider the role of money in everyday life, undermining our ruthless commitment to business and perhaps inspiration. The design environment should be fairer. And wealth distribution (if it is seen as an incentive to work hard and get rich, it would be a complete misunderstanding of the work.) However, the value-based approach depends on therapeutic assumptions. Shock can be valuable because it provides better mental clarity, more attention to complexity and subtlety, and can be more questionable. The overall goal is psychological recovery. But when we look for other adjustments in our mood or cognition, shocks come to us. We may have doubts and concerns and need wise approval. We can get lost in the maze of the complex and need simplification ; We can be very pessimistic and need encouragement. This shock assumes that our main problem is masturbation and makes our fans happy. But in the end, this is a limited response to misconceptions, shyness or small or unconscious reactions.
Another way to address these shortcomings is to seek a deeper understanding of the past. Healing from the Mad by Vitore Carpaccio presents a rare visual image of the Rialto Bridge, which provides a wealth of information about Venetian architecture around 1500, as it was still made of wood before it was rebuilt. The civic role of religion (and its intersection with business), noble and gondola rides, how ordinary people wear their hair, and so on. We can also have a brief look at how the painter imagines the past. The ritual depicted was painted 100 years before the painting. We learned about art economics that the image is part of a collection commissioned by a wealthy business organization. Visually, the richness of the past makes us imagine hitting wooden bridges, traveling along canals in indoor cable cars, and living in a community that believes in miracles. It is part of the government's ideology. We value such historical information for a number of reasons. Because we want to know more about our ancestors and how they lived, and we hope to gain insight into these distant peoples and cultures. But these efforts ultimately boil down to one idea. That we can benefit from confronting the history revealed in art. In other words, the historical approach does not deny that the value of art is ultimately therapeutic. Even if art tends to forget or ignore it, it assumes this. Thus, the irony of academic opposition to the idea of a therapeutic application of art (at least). Scholarships are only of value to achieve goals that highlight our current needs.