Useless Information Regarding Art That Is Actually Quite Useful

This post is yet another rambling bit of nonsense making no claims of sagacious insight, so you are now warned.

First two unrelated thoughts which could make great sayings on coffee mugs, although the coffee mugs would have to be rather large.

Very large coffee mug one: One thing that I keep telling myself is that an artist doesn’t “draw” the model but rather “interprets” the model.

Very large coffee mug two: Art historians present lectures about how art changes through time. But art doesn’t change. The customer does.

Now some thoughts as to the types of people who bother to look at art objects or what ever creative product is in front of them. And more importantly how they see the object. To illustrate the concept I have created a beautiful diagram because you can never go wrong if you have a beautiful diagram to make something sound important. I sincerely hope there are no spelling errors in this diagram because I am too lazy to re-do it.

types of people who look at art
Types of People Who Look At Art

Obviously there is a wide amount of overlap in these groups, but for now let us assume this orderly structure (since humans generally love orderly structures) consists of five discrete buckets. The categories are determined by what each group thinks when looking at an art object.

  1. Art Collectors would say “Could I buy this?”
  2. Art Professionals (academic instructors, museum personnel, etc.) would say “Could I verbalize and curate this?”
  3. Art Dealers of course would say “Could I sell this?”
  4. Art Makers would say “Could I make this?”
  5. People who are simply curious would say “Huh?”

Well so much for that. The system works great if everyone stayed in their bubble.

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