Monday, 27 April 2009

On Theory of Arts

I told you before that I'm studying Theory of Art.

Why am I doing this?

Well I'm

not completely sure, but one first reason is: I have some free time by studying this, and that's an important point.

Second: I like Arts, I like to read and, a good point: this 'career' can be a good starting point to give you some knowledges concerning to other fields (Philosophy, Sociology, Anthropology, Politics, Archaeology, etc) of knowledge.

Well, I don't really know what will I do in the future. I don't even know if I'll continue studying in this field, or if I'll study another career, or if I'll leave university. I don't want starting work immediately after concluding this degree, and of this I'm sure.

What else can I say?

Art theorists or historians don't necessarily contributes directly to society (maybe they are, in some ways, dispensable in a basic one), but they inevitably work inside the system, by saying what is "a real artwork" and what isn't; by legitimizing some practices and valuing pieces of art; or by contributing to state cultural politics. Art theorist can also think about social and political problems starting from art-related thoughts.

An art theorist must know well, at least, some specific period in Art History. He/she must know the History of the different theories of art too, and must be conscious of the current problems concerning to Aesthetics, being capable to take part in present discussions.
I'm not sure about what is my favourite subject in this degree currently. Maybe one concerning on vanguards and problems related to it.


  1. Hi Ignacio, I think you are write, our work doesn't contributes directly to society, but indirectly, our investigations and studies can helps people to think about their place in history, and philosophy is one of the most pure and concious way to do it.

    See you on classes, and take a look to some Vasari's biographies, I think you will be interest.


  2. Hi Ignacio! I'm not agree with your point of view. I think our work it's very important to make a complete society, because not only the economical topics contributes to it. We have to be awake persons!

  3. I think the best of blogging is this. Generating spaces for you guys to exchange opinions on different topics.