What is the point of Art?

I have always enjoyed the writings of Alain De Botton and this latest publication is no different…in this short video he delves into a question that has plagued many for centuries…What is the point of Art?…

“What’s the point of art?” It’s a question artists, historians and philosophers have grappled with for centuries.
De Botton, co-author of “Art as Therapy,” sits down with Piya Chattopadhyay to discuss the therapeutic value art has on our lives…Art: What is it Good For

“Art can be beautiful. Emotionally evocative. Thoughtful. But, what is the point of art? What can we really find peering into a painting?
Author and philosopher Alain de Botton has an answer to that question: he says art has incredible therapeutic potential. He tells Piya Chattopadhyay how to unlock that potential.
De Botton is also the co-curator of the Art as Therapy exhibition series taking place at the Art Gallery of Ontario

After having watched the video, I felt a great sense of relief that some of my beliefs about art were acknowledged and justified…come back and add your comments after checking it out…tell us if you agree with his thesis and if not why not


(Later…You can also view a breakdown of the effects certain paintings have on us HERE
Scroll down to see the other topics in the exhibit.)

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