In ancient times art was for reasons
that are not at least similar to nowadays’
sense. Like the wall paintings in the caves, the arts were used to
spread information, share knowledge or collect memories to show them to others.
These days we mean theater, dance, film, music, writing and other methods of
entertainment by arts. The reason why we turn to art is because we would like
to relax, enjoy something that we found beautiful or useful, or or the artists,
to get some money. Both ways we can find only one thing behind the
explanations: life itself.
We can see the moments of everyday life, like
clothing, hunting, eating, child-raising, food production, or even love and
connections in the past on the paintings
and drawings, or hear about them in old songs. Also, while we are analyzing the
old pieces of art, we even can see the current beliefs and facts that were
there at the time when the pieces were made. From the Gregorian music we know
that in the middle age God was a very important topic, from the cave paintings
we know how our first ancestors lived, from the paintings we know what were
people wearing and from the buildings we can track the evolution of
construction, and so on.
These days, I would say that the arts’ role
changed from giving information to help relaxing and entertain people. As we
are walking on the streets, we plug our ears in and listen to our favorite
music to chill out, or to speed up the time until we get to a place from another.
When we see a painting on showcase we think „Well, that would look nice on my
wall, I like the landscapes”, instead of trying to figure out which biblical
scene we can see, or from what age is that picture from.
Also, there are different styles for different
tastes: everyone can find the art form or style that suits them most. For me,
it is hardly expressible, as I enjoy drawing and painting as much as singing or
writing novels, lyrics and poems, too, like learning to play on different
musical instruments. Although, it is very important to keep in mind that because
we are not similar, our tastes are different, too. This way there are things
that I really love, while my tablemate may think that’s not her cup of tea, and
backwards. Art itself is really subjective as it satisfies everyone’s taste at
the same time, but on different ways, with different tools and productions.
The greatest arts are usually showed in
museums, or their copies are on display, to show people pieces from older
cultures. A very big percentage of the important and or expensive creations are
in public collections, which mean that museums possess them, not average
people. These masterpieces
have special needs and are very hard
to maintain. These tasks need experienced and trustworthy restaurateurs and
professors to get them back to a very good condition, if not the best, to the
original. Also, they cost incredible amounts of money, and if something goes
wrong, breaks down and can’t be fixed on
an original piece, the damage is worthless, as we lost a piece of culture and
history. The other way to impair the masterpieces is when somebody wants to get
rich soon, steal one from a museum of from a personal collection and sells it
on the black market. During this progress the artworks can go through
incredible trials and can be losen easily for ever.
This was about the older ones, but we have to
mention the artists of these days. Not everyone of them has enough money to do
artworks, so some richer people may help them with giving money to work, but as
a trade, they can get whatever they want from the artists. These mentors’ and
or sponsors’ task too, is to help their
mentored ones to show their works on display, in galleries or museums. This way
more and more people can be informed about the new talents, be interested in
their works and who knows, maybe buy some masterpieces.
When somebody wants to get a piece of art,
basically there are two ways to do it: the first one is when they sell and buy
things directly, at a discussed price, the other way is to organize an auction.
In the second case more possible consumers may show up, and I would say, they
race against each other by who can give more money for a thing they would like
to. Mostly, on auctions, we can see antiquities or pieces of art from private
collections, which were hidden from the world, until they got to the auction,
because maybe their owner died, or couldn’t pay their debts, so decided to sell
some „unnecessary” things.