What Are The Functions Of Art?


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Oscar De La Huerte Profile
Determining the functions of art can be difficult. This is because some art will serve a number of immediately-recognizable functions, whilst other forms of art might not have any discernible function other than to be aesthetically-pleasing (and I use the word 'pleasing' very loosely here).

It is also difficult to define what is essentially a creative and free-reined process in terms of its function or utility.

Having said that, some of the functions of art may include:

  • Political
  • Social
  • Physical
  • Personal

The functions of art
Often, pieces of art will have multiple functions.
For example a piece of political art might be visually pleasing to look at, and the techniques used to capture and represent the sentiment of the piece might be artistically noteworthy, nevertheless the main purpose of the piece is to portray a political message.
This piece by British graffiti artist Banksy highlights how art can have a political function.

Similarly, art that has a social message or commentary might be seen as having a social function.

An example of the physical function of art
Art that has a physical function usually relates to items that can be used for a practical purpose because of their physical structure, despite their artistic appeal.
Examples include architecture, which can be breathtaking, but still primarily serves a physical function. This chair is a good example of physical art. Its design means that it is immediately aesthetically interesting to the eye, but its main function is to be a comfortable chair to sit on,
Jonathan Hamilton Profile

When you are talking about the function of art, the first thing you should have to keep in your mind is, proceed with its caution, after that the context of your art. There are basically three functions of art such as physical function, social function, and personal function. If you want to know more about the function of art then you can just take a look at word art prints. Here you will get whole information about art and its functions.

Karl Sagan Profile
Karl Sagan answered

I confess that I never thought about the function of art. I just like to go to museums and admire beautiful paintings by famous artists. I recently discovered a website where you can buy reproductions of paintings in good quality and at an affordable price. Tell me have you ever bought reproductions of paintings by famous artists?

Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
1. Beauty
2. Utilitarian - Environment / Daily Living (Architecture, jewelry...)
3. Truth
4. Immortality
5. Glory
6. Religious / Ritual / Spiritual
7. Ideology
8. Fantasy
9. Intellect, emotion
10. Order & Harmony
11. Chaos
12. Experience / Memory
13. Social / Cultural
14. Social Consciousness
14. Popular (POP) Culture
15. Communication
16. Personal expression
17. Political Function
18. Art for Art's Sake (creative urge)
19. Preservation
20. Commemoration

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