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What place does fine art have in society?

Centuries ago, the fine arts were the only way to preserve images--paintings were what photography is used for today--now, however, it has no need. Whenever art is a part of something, it rarely plays an integral role in that program. The arts show no sign of disappearing, but when it comes to fine arts, the whole world seems to want to find a purpose for it.

What do you think is the purpose of art in the world? or does it no longer have one?

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    Nov 9 2011: 1) Inspiration.
    2) Providing Metaphors to change the way we think about the world and our lives.
    3) It gives us moments of transcendence.
    4) It gives us hope that a better world is not just something we imagine alone.
    5) It helps us see the humanity in other people through shared experience.
  • Oct 25 2011: Art communicates beauty and emotion. Sometimes the message is clear and understood, sometimes new messages are transmitted. Art provides an expressive release for the artist and a sensory delicacy for the consumer. As long as it provokes the senses or either artist or observer, it will never go out of style.
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    Nov 12 2011: Art is not to preserve the world as it is, but to preserve our perspective on the world at any one particular time. In some ways photos do this as they provide a physically realistic image of ourselves and our surroundings. It is arguable that an artistic can compete with the camera on this metric, yet when it comes to internal world the camera is no better than a paintbrush.
  • Nov 9 2011: The artist has different motives than those who display the art, and from those who view it. From the artist, the viewer might gain an appreciation of doing something solely for the purpose of doing something. This is important to establish purposeless motivations, like games, which refresh those who may tire of the purpose-driven activities in life. (Those who display art (organizers, managers, etc) are often some of the greatest fans of art. Displaying is a way of sympathizing with viewers.)
    If we do need to find a pure "purpose" for creating and experiencing art, then it is to practice finding patterns in abstract forms. This is a skill necessary in problem-solving and communication.
    Within society, if I were a political leader, I would encourage the arts as a form of exercise of social emotion, sympathy, empathy, brotherhood/sisterhood. These are important in guaranteeing ethical behavior in a society and building nations.
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    Oct 25 2011: what makes art fine?
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      Oct 25 2011: What is your genuine intention in this question?
      *just asking*
      We can't basically just judge which are fine and which are not.
      When we speak about art, especially fine art, it is solely depended on the viewer to determine.

      The meaning of fine art itself:
      "The products are to be appreciated primarily or solely for their imaginative, aesthetic, or intellectual content."

      We must highlight the word 'or', so it is clear that a substantial gap lies between these adjectives of imaginative, aesthatic and intellectual. Also not to be missed, primarily and solely.
      A fine art does not need to be intellectual piece to be considered as one.
      It also does not need to contribute a matter to the community to be considered as fine art.

      None of artworks by anyone is obsolete or is having no value.
      They are all holding their own meaning regarding their creator who had the initial idea of building them.

      However, speaking on functionality of fine art and how we look at it, fine art has lost its true vital pride and worth. As time goes by, didital comes in. Fine art has became rare and it is soon to be extinct if not cared for.
      We no longer need to self-portrait ourselves on paintings, we just need to click that button on the camera.

      Today, fine art that is really 'fine' is defined as a tradition from the past and a tool to help us figuring out the past history of artists and many more. Today, fine art has lowered its level into a kind of street art, underground art and doodling when in a boring class.

      But take a sight around us, everything is actually fine art being preserved in a set of time, movement and lives.