The Importance of Art Experiences
As an art dealer, gallery owner, art historian and educator, I have developed a lifelong passion for the study and genuine love of art. I truly believe that understanding art and art history exposes us to an exciting range of disciplines and most importantly, deepens our capacity for learning about each other and other cultures. When we study art and art history, we are invited to look at our current cultural practices and to step back in time, sometimes hundreds and thousands of years. Art is truly a journey across cultures.
We live in a visual culture and are immersed in images that we create and consume at a dizzying pace. Experiencing and appreciating art is even more important as we live our lives in the visual media of online platforms. Art and visual culture are a part of who we are as humans and how we connect with each other.
Archeologists theorize that there was art making early in our history. Imagine the Paleolithic men and women who struggled to meet basic functional needs like finding shelter, food and safety. And yet, amidst the chaos of pre-historic life, these humans seemed to have a deep motivation to express creativity and beauty and to explain their world through visual expression. This passion has been present in every known culture in human history. Pretty amazing to think about!