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Why Contemporary Art Matters: A Speech
What would the world be like without art? Take a few seconds and imagine what a world without art would be. I bet whatever you imagine, all of you, there is one thing in common. A world without art would be missing beauty. For it is our capacity to judge beauty, as human beings, that make art possible. From the beginning of human history people have made art. Archaeologists have discovered beautiful paintings in a dark cave in Lascaux, France. Why would people make beautiful drawings on a cave wall in the dark? It shows we make beautiful things even when we know people are not looking. Maybe the first inclination to make art was to speak to the gods. The gods, the logic goes, made beauty in nature, so we finite creatures, in return make beautiful things for the god. Art helps us to transcend our everyday lives....
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