What Makes Art Popular?

By Kelsey Wright

Art is identified as many things, and people interpret it differently. There are different opinions on what makes art popular, but who’s to say which kind of art is more popular or beautiful than the rest?

Anything can be classified as art: painting, photography, acting, writing, and many more that people fall in love with over the courses of their lives. Dr. Peter G Strindberg -while explaining the topic of literature and novels- says “yes, some art is better than other art in the sense that some art can produce intensified experiences of beauty for educated audiences.” By this he suggests that ‘better’ art should touch the audience in an endearing way.

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Everyone has a different style of creating, while others have their opinions of those styles. Critics of all kinds judge art forms based on their personal preferences and knowledge, so if one says that painting is horrific, the one to their side might be captivated by that one painting more than the others. It is tough to elaborate on whose

thoughts rank above all in the art community, being this is about self expression while as something like sports are more surrounded on who’s the better player or better team.

“Everyone has a different style of creating, while others have their opinions of those styles.”

A medium such as photography is a complicated medium to compare to other, being that you’re holding up a camera to something and while it takes many years of

practice to accomplish the skills necessary, one may argue it isn’t as complex as painting, for example. A blogger named kerryl29 argues “ — the more exalted art forms require unquestioned innate talent to produce a “good” piece of work. Photography, on the other hand, is more about the camera (or at least as much about the camera) than the person behind it.” In this sense, the person that protrudes more talent in something you have to put your mind too and work hard to succeed in, the results come out more “exalted” (kerryl29) than with a simple form of creating the art, like photography.

All types of art have their own unique characteristics about them, and some have more favorable ones than the others. Different cultures produce brilliant masterpieces that are breathtaking to look at, yet could offend certain people with certain beliefs. Religion, race, gender, and so many other factors affect your judgement of any art piece you’ll see in a museum, gallery, and even online.

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Art is a lifestyle. It molds your perception of things into something completely out of the ordinary, while letting you see the beauty within something ugly. The world will never know what is truly the most beautiful kinds of art, or what is more popular than the rest. With all things considered, it is only within us what is better than all the others and the judgement of our eyes is the best critic there could be. Every opinion is different and debates go on all the time about topics like these, so there is no true answer.

“Art is a lifestyle. It molds your perception of things into something completely out of the ordinary, while letting you see the beauty within something ugly.”

Kelsey Wright is a 17 year old Senior at Benicia High school whose ambitions include fitness, creating art of all kinds, and making a difference.

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