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What are the functions of art?

By April 10, 2004

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An acquaintance has asked this very question, as she will soon be undergoing a rather rigorous battery of certification tests. In the interests of (a) keeping my word to provide a take and (b) not writing a book, I broke this massive topic down into four main points (and post a large disclaimer regarding over-simplification at the start). Why is this topic "massive"? Consider every artist who has ever created art, multiply that by different combinations of social, personal and physical functions of art, and then multiply that by every person who ever has or will view said works of art. It might be simpler to classify grains of sand on a beach! I have infinite respect for anyone faced with this question, particularly when professional credentials are at stake. Personally, I'd be scared silly.


August 18, 2009 at 6:29 am
(1) Clover says:

plzzz…!!help me What is functions of art?

September 30, 2009 at 12:15 am
(2) richard says:

what is the function of art

June 17, 2010 at 10:58 am
(3) rutchelyn says:

plssss. help me to know what are the function of arts..?

July 20, 2010 at 7:02 am
(4) john bryan bunag says:

the function of art is the non motivated and motivated

July 21, 2010 at 6:20 am
(5) kylie cia says:

the functions of arts are personal functions,social functions,and physical functions ….

November 21, 2011 at 1:36 am
(6) romel says:

what are the function of atrs

November 24, 2011 at 3:12 am
(7) diane says:

my teacher wants me to gve 5 functions of art what r d others?

June 13, 2012 at 5:40 am
(8) rose ann says:

the functions of arts are :
1. Art for decoration and ornamentation.

2. Art for adornment to indicate social rank.

3. Art to inspire faith or enrich worship.

4. Art to give insight and a new angle on reality.

5. Art for magical power.

6. Art to honor and glorify.

7. Art to record history.

8. Art for the design of functional objects.

9. Art to tell stories and illustrate.

10. Art to define and show beauty.

11. Art as propaganda to sell ideas, feelings, objects.

12. Art to define and reflect the current times and culture.

13. Art to redefine art.

14. Art to express and explore personal feelings and ideas.

June 20, 2012 at 7:27 am
(9) evyjane natividad says:

.what is the main function of art?

October 13, 2012 at 9:48 am
(10) akiko says:

what are the main function of performing arts???

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