Good art should portray authentically
- We have a natural desire to make and look at representations. We praise art that is true to nature or to life, or that resembles what it is of.
- Artists work hard to develop techniques for depicting objects and situations accurately or authentically.
- Plato argued that art imitates particular objects, as particular objects imitate the Forms.
- But art does not literally imitate reality. Nor does it copy it. First, all perceptual experience involves interpretation - there is nothing independent to copy. Second, good art need not be a good copy.
- We could still argue that good art represents reality well. But then we need an account of 'representation'; and in any case, not all art represents anything at all.
- If we valued art for what it represents, why not just look at what is represented? If we value it as a representation, this suggests we value it not just because it informs us, but because of its imaginative qualities.
- Finally, concentrating just on how it may inform us overlooks the emotional nature of our response to art.
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