There would be no national artists!
I made this some time ago based off a sticker I saw that saw a that said the same thing about musicians. I was thinking about it, and how many national (visual) artists can you name?
I could name a couple dozen probably, but like art. I’m into it so I don’t know if I’m representative of the general public much in that respect.
Culture, they call it; it distinguishes them from the goatherds. -Frederick Neitzche, Thus Spake Zarathustra
Neitzche believed that culture was the combination of the best arts, architecture, writing, theater, music, painting, sculpture, etc of a nation. He believed that culture was the measuring stick by which you could compare nations.
If culture is the measuring stick of nations and we can’t name our cultural icons in entire mediums, it’s hard to conclude that we value our culture. Sure we can name some actors, musicians, and authors, but what about current, living painters, photographers, sculptors, or architects?
Part of the solution is education. Teaching kids not only how to participate in the arts but the history of art is important. Another part is appreciation. Appreciate the creative people who make things that make the world a more cultured place to live in. I’m not saying you have to spend tons of money on art, but hitting a like button on an artists Facebook page is easy as well as rewarding. You can curate your own stream on Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, etc to show you really neat, cool stuff, from all over the world, that artists big and small are producing every day.
You don’t have to be an art geek, all you need is to enjoy looking a cool stuff.
We make it to share it with you.