Art History For Dummies
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Art is for enjoyment, fun, lifting your spirits. Looking at art should be a pleasurable, immediate experience. You can read about art, but looking at it is the only way to appreciate it. To enlarge your appreciation, follow these tips:

  • Look at ten works of art each day and your life will change for the better.

  • Art and politics never mix.

  • Art is not utilitarian.

  • Forget about art as an investment. Maybe in 50 years the prices of your works will be higher than when you bought them, but probably not.

  • Collect living artists. That way you’ll never buy a fake. You’ll also gain great satisfaction in knowing you’re supporting a cause not usually known for its economic well-being.

  • Every work of art, except for those finished yesterday, has changed from its original appearance.

  • A reproduction is always a pale reflection of the original.

  • Be sure to watch what kind of art your children are creating. One — or more — could have that super touch.

To judge whether a work of art is any good, ask the following questions about it to see how many can be answered yes:

  • Does it express successfully what it’s intending to express?

  • Does it amaze you in a different way each time you look at it?

  • Does it grow in stature?

  • Does it continually mature?

  • Does its visual impact of mysterious, pure power increase every day?

  • Is it unforgettable?

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Jesse Bryant Wilder, MAT (Master of Teaching), is the founder, publisher, and editor of NEXUS, a series of interdisciplinary textbooks used in high schools around the United States. He has written several textbooks on art and art history and was an art critic for The Plain Dealer.

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