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Posted December 18, 2012 at 1:04 PM via web

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Humans generate and use art to create order, explain, and in some cases control their lives in a chaotic world. Is this statement true? Cite and describe at least three pieces of art.

Humans generate and use art to create order, explain, and in some cases control their lives in a chaotic world. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Why? Cite and describe at least three pieces of art or architecture you read about or saw this week that support your position.

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wordprof | College Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted December 18, 2012 at 9:29 PM (Answer #1)

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I couldn’t disagree more.  I believe that science is a demand for order; Art is a rage for chaos.  There is a painting called “The Unnatural Battle of the Four Primal Elements” which celebrates this chaos.  Every great work of art is a creation that violtes and upsets the “order” of previous expectations.  Van Gogh, Picasso, Dali, Pollock were hardly advocates of order.  If you are thinking of the statues of the Italian Renaissance, or the architecture such as the Eiffel Tower, you are mistaking the historical view for the artistic impulse that created them.  The Guggenheim Museum, arguably the greatest work of Frank Lloyd Wright, is designed to disorder, to deconstruct our notion of art museums as rooms of straight walls.  The emotional drive to create is a noble attempt to quiet the demand for order, artificial taxonomies, and toga-thinking of ancient rules of cause-and-effect.  The artist creates, starts the artistic process by observing the world and then asking “What else?  What can I create that doesn’t exist yet?”    

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