A World Without Art

To quote a often shared internet meme, “The earth without art is just eh.” Simple but true. Wiser words have yet to be said.


ABOVE: Earth’s Western Hemisphere, Photo: © NASA

Philistine: A person who is guided by materialism and is usually disdainful of intellectual or artistic values. Merriam-Webster

Imagine if there were no Michelangelo, Picasso, or van Gogh. Imagine if there were no Mona Lisa, Guernica, or Dogs Playing Poker. No art on museum walls. No art on your walls. No art anywhere.

While I don’t think the above scenario is at all possible – even cavemen made art – I’ve met my fair share of philistines. Heck, my current mayor is one.

Yes, there is a lot of bullshit out there. Yes, there is a lot of elitism. All that aside, WE NEED ART! We need it in our homes. We need it on our walk to work. We need it in our schools.

In the words of George Bernard Shaw, “Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.” It would indeed.

2 responses to “A World Without Art

  1. Agree! It’s not just fine art either. How we dress and decorate our homes is an expression of our artistic tastes. Without artists to make that stuff possible we’d be beyond back in the stone age. (I like cave art!)

    Decades ago I saw a public service type announcement on TV along these lines that pointed out how many things we take for granted involved an artist. Even everyday objects where we may have that particular one because we liked its look. There is actually very little produced that didn’t involve a designer somewhere along the way. I grew up in a small town where few if any people I ever met had much use for “art,” yet nearly everyone had pictures on their walls, printed fabrics on their bodies or upholstery, and everyone liked one or another kind of car because of its lines.

    Yes, a world without any art at all would be really really bland. Not only would artists have no way to express themselves but neither would anyone else. At least not on the points of liking color, style, etc.

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