PHILOSOPHY OF BEAUTY
The social role of painting art
Many intellectuals believe that:
Art, as social production, has no impact on other forms of social life. Artistic creation does not alter social, political or economic systems; Whereas the reverse is very possible. Art, as a human practice, does not change the spectators who receive it. Art does not educate men, refines their personalities and does not remove them from violence; One can appreciate Raphael and participate in a genocide.
But why did all the dictatorships of history put art under surveillance? (Medieval Europe, Nazi Germany, Soviet Union, current Middle East …)
There’s a reason for sure.
Arthur Coleman Danto (American, philosopher and art critic, 1924-2013) Had written in his article « After the end of art, 1996 » his famous phrase: « Art is dangerous ». He recalls a remark by Kant that ugly things can be objects of beautiful representations. « The furies, the diseases, the devastation of war, etc. » Can, as harmful things, be described beautifully and can even be represented by paintings. «