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The Point of Art:

Why the artistic impulse?

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  • The Debate

    The Point of Art

    “It is self-evident that nothing concerning art is self-evident” (Adorno). Since our ancestors marked cave walls thirty-two thousand years ago, the artistic impulse has been a facet of all human culture. But why? What is the point of art?
    Senior Curator at the V&A Lauren Parker, writer and critic Godfrey Barker and author of Seven Days in the Art World Sarah Thornton open up this year’s theme with three different perspectives on the purpose of art. Chaired by BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz.

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KasiaKusnierz on 30/06/2012 9:29pm

An artist Claudia Cannizzaro who works part-time for the Art Omni Residency in New York has made her choice not to be a full-time artist in order not to compromise her works. Pragmatically, art is a source of income for artists. By choosing not to make it her main source of income she is able to afford her artistic freedom.

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