Why does abstract art exist today? Why in fact has abstract art, minimalist art and performance art superseded representational and realistic art as the highest forms of art?
In our Eurocentric art world my observation is that ever since the middle ages man has become capable of mathematically accurate, perspective based, “photorealist” reproductions in 2 dimensional art, i.e., paintings and drawings.
Certainly this mastery took place thousands of years before in three dimensional art, i.e., sculptures and bas reliefs.
Understanding the mathematical models and templates required in order to take a three dimensional object and render it with an accurate vanishing perspective was the key to creating the realist illusion in two dimensional spaces on paper, canvas and walls.
The mastery of the mathematically accurate perspective form of art by the high artists from 1400 A.D. Continue reading “What Is Art and Who Is an Artist? 30,000 Years of Human Art History”