I love movies! so it shouldn't be a surprise that I also love watching the Oscars when I get a chance. Making predictions of winners from a list of movies that, most of the time, I've only seen one or two when the Oscars start is fun to me, though it's never on the ability of the movie alone. usually, my father and I will take into account who has won recently or hasn't gotten a nod in a while. However, when you are judging not just movies but all types of art, should these external factors be considered?
You may be thinking, though,
"But wait? Why are we judging art? Can't we just appreciate it and be done with it?"
That's a good question and let me answer it with a question. Is there art you don't like?
Whenever we face a new movie, song, book, or painting we are judging it. We observe and judge, whether we like it or not, if we like that art or not. This depends on a whole lot of little things that I may do a blog on itself because it would make this blog way too long.
Anyways, back to the main question, should we think of external factors of the art when judging it? Should we consider what was happening in Leonardo Da Vinci life when he painted The Last Supper when we observe it? Or the best-selling books C. S. Lewis earlier in his life when we read The Chronicles of Narnia? No, you don't.
Now, am I saying we should shut our ears and eyes to any information about our favorite writers, painters, musicians, and all the other artist we find talented? Of course Not! But what was it that first brought you to that artist? The art itself. Now, some of you will answer the artist themselves was the first to introduce us to their art but even then, you will still judge it. In the end, the art has to first stand on its own two feet by itself. Even when it's your best friend that has given you the art, you can be a bias of course but the art still has to stand on its own. And once the art can stand on its own then we can start having a greater appreciation of it when we discover more about the creator of the art and how many aspects of their life from opinions and beliefs to hopes and fears are integrated into it. But it all had to start with the art standing on its own two legs alone. Does it have to stand up for ever one, though? Well, that is a talk for another time.
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