Kentucky Art Speaks

In Uncategorized on February 9, 2012 at 8:40 pm

Let us read what Wikipedia has to say about it.

The Arts verses Urban Arts by Wikipedia definition: www.wikipedia.org

Wikipedia is not the most reliable source, but I am going to start from the bottom and work my up. The Urban Art show titled “Uncovering the Concrete Jungle”, hosted by Crissa Candler begins April 19Th. Therefore, I have a few more months to provide as much information about what some may refer to as vandalism or Urban Art.

The Arts

A good definition of the arts is given by the Free Dictionary as “imaginative, creative, and nonscientific branches of knowledge considered collectively, esp. as studied academically”.[3] The singular term art is defined by the Irish Art Encyclopedia as follows: “Art is created when an artist creates a beautiful object, or produces a stimulating experience that is considered by his audience to have artistic merit.”[4] So, one could conclude that art is the process that leads to a product (the artwork or piece of art), which is then examined and analyzed by experts in the field of the arts or simply enjoyed by those who appreciate the arts. The same source states:

Art is a global activity which encompasses a host of disciplines, as evidenced by the range of words and phrases which have been invented to describe its various forms. Examples of such phraseology include: Fine Arts, Liberal Arts, Visual Arts, Decorative Arts, Applied Arts, Design, Crafts, Performing Arts, and so on.

The term art commonly refers to the “Visual Arts”, as an abbreviation of creative art or fine art. For example, the history of art is described as “the history of the visual arts of painting, sculpture and architecture. It is the history of one of the fine arts, others of which are the performing arts and literature. It is also one of the humanities. The term sometimes encompasses theory of the visual arts, including aesthetics.”

Confusion often occurs when people mistakenly refer to the Fine Arts but mean the Performing Arts (Music, Dance, Drama, etc.). However, there is some disagreement here: e.g., at York University (Toronto, Canada) Fine Arts is a faculty that includes the [visual arts], design and the “Performing Arts”.[5] Furthermore, creative writing is frequently considered a fine art as well.

Urban Arts

(from Latin urbanus, itself from urbs (“city”)) is a style of art that relates to cities and city life often done by artists who live in or have a passion for city life. In that way urban art combines street art and graffiti and is often used to summarize all visual art forms arising in urban areas, being inspired by urban architecture or thematizing urban live style.

Because the urban arts are characterized by existing in the public space, they are often viewed as vandalism and destruction of private property. Even though sometimes this form of art leads to vandalism the creators do not see themselves as vandals.

Although urban art started at the neighbourhood level, where a lot of people of different cultures live together, it is an international art form with an unlimited number of uses nowadays. A lot urban artists are travelling from city to city and have social contacts all over the world.

The notion of ‘Urban Art’ developed from street art which is primarily concerned with graffiti culture. Urban art represents a broader cross section of artists that as well as covering traditional street artists working in formal gallery spaces also covers artists using more traditional media but with a subject matter that deals with contemporary urban culture and political issues. The most noted gallery in the UK that deals with Urban art is Lazarides Gallery. In Paris, Le Mur is a public museum of urban art.

Note: Not mentioned on Wikipedia, urban art also includes: Urban Dance, Spoken Word and Drumming

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