Human beings are a talkative species and they share their ideas with each other. This finds expression in dialogue, poetry, and art. The most basic function of art is communication. Here love, passion, excitement, anger, the wonders of our world and all other emotions find a non-verbal possibility to be uttered. This ranges from ancient pictorial engravings on rock to today’s most complex sculpture and painting.
The question is whether the artist can reach the observer. Whether they are touched, amused or angered is of lesser importance than their interaction with the artwork. Only, and only when the artwork results in an interaction with the viewer can it be regarded as successful. After all dialogue without a reaction by the listener is a futile exercise. Art that does not touch the mind of the viewer remains in solitude and is in principle a failure.
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