High art and popular culture

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high art and popular culture

High & Low: Modern Art and Popular Culture by Kirk Varnedoe

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What is the relationship between high culture and popular culture?
Kirk Varnedoe

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Search Journal. Abstract The popular arts and mass culture represent our environment. The flood of their products reduces high art to minority status. This situation leads us to reconsider the privileged status of high art and the role of aesthetics as its theory, which is my main focus here. I take up three different cultural eras: early modern times, when the notions of art and aesthetics as a philosophical discipline were founded; our own day as the time of mass culture; and, lastly, the popular culture in the Edo period in Japan, the seventeenth to the mid-nineteenth centuries, which reflected different choices.

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During the decades following World War II, the United States and a number of European countries experienced tremendous growth in consumerism. For some artists, the overwhelming presence of consumer products and popular culture led them to question the lack of connection between art and real life. Traditionally, the art world did not consider popular culture as a worthy source of art. Some artists rebelled against these established traditions by taking images or objects from popular culture low art and displaying them in art institutions. Their goal was to break down the barriers between high art and the objects we live with and to make people think about the values of the culture around them. View the following images: 1. Lee Bul Plexus Blue 2.

High culture encompasses the cultural objects of aesthetic value, which a society collectively esteem as exemplary art. Sociologically, the term high culture is contrasted with the term low culture , the forms of popular culture characteristic of the less-educated social classes, such as the barbarians , the Philistines , and hoi polloi the masses. In European history, high culture was understood as a cultural concept common to the humanities, until the midth century, when Matthew Arnold introduced the term high culture in the book Culture and Anarchy Moreover, the philosophy of aesthetics proposed in high culture is a force for moral and political good. Critically, the term "high culture" is contrasted with the terms " popular culture " and " mass culture ". Eliot said that high culture and popular culture are necessary and complementary parts of the culture of a society. In The Uses of Literacy , Richard Hoggart presents the sociologic experience of the working-class man and woman in acquiring the cultural literacy, at university, which facilitates social upward mobility.

Senior studio art major Shayna Weimer discusses the merit of unconventional art forms and the system of privilege in the fine arts. The fine arts conventionally includes painting, drawing, watercolor, sculpture and architecture, and have now grown to also include film, photography and printmaking. Fine arts are typically regarded to be more tasteful than forms of art that are mainly in the entertainment industry, and I have some complaints about that. In contemporary fine arts culture, the esteem of an artwork is based around the institution of the museum; the museum has come to be the primary determinant of what is or is not fine art. What is shown in museums is typically aimed toward an audience that can understand the self-referential discourse of artwork.


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