Art has the power to move, repel, to divide and unite us.
Art has been with us since humans first made their mark. However the documentation of those marks came much later.
And this is where Art Made Clear sheds important light on the whole caboodle.
We touch base during the 1st century, just before analytical approaches to art began.
Before the rise of religious behemoths. When art, in terms of present day, was a craft dictated by a largely unifying message.
This is where the beginnings of patronage in both religious and political hierarchy took hold in the arts.
The Renaissance of the 14th to 17th centuries kick started art categorization and criticism.
Done by historically looking at, and reviving past classicism of great empires.
It grew through the Renaissance and Enlightenment years across Europe to the heady heights of the Dutch Golden Age.
And later Impressionism, monarchical declines and two world wars, saw the commodification of art, as a cynical wealth insurance that divides the art world today.
The basic idea of art having potential to send a strong message pre-printing press, was as familiar with the Ancient Greeks, and the Medici family of Florence circa 1300’s. As it is now with the mega galleries of Beijing and New York. The difference is subtle but ultimately the same. Power.