What is the value of contemporary art?
Many people often say that they can’t understand the art, especially many works of contemporary art which present either bizarre films 、images, strange shapes or sensory stimuli. Why they are so different from things we know in a ordinary life?
In fact, there are many kinds of art, most of which are related to thoughts, aesthetics and technology.It’s not difficult to interpret art as long as you know the context of culture. Sadly to say modernization kept people clouded from originals by the dominated media. Therefor the ordinaries are all up to you how to defined them.
So what is culture?
There are various explanations about this issue. I will adopt a broad and simple explanation, that is, everything created by human beings on the earth, material or non-material, can be classified as culture. That is to say, during the development of civilization, all stuffs such as folklore, customs, thoughts, etc. are all part of the overall culture. Therefore, the reason why we can’t understand the art is that it’s not in our culture . Of course, we can’t rule out some opportunists who are sneaking around and taking advantage of the misunderstanding.
In ancient time, due to the limitation and regional barriers, there were great culture diversity around the world resulting in various ethnics. Culture exchanged by means of migration, commerce, warfare and marriage. The culture development of closed region was controlled by a powerful regime, forming dominated culture and subculture. Those culture from folks were somehow different to main stream or the official one.Grass-roots culture express factions that may opposite to political one. All the facts survives in arts. For example, the cultural representation of China changed after the turnover of dynasties, such as Qi, Han, Tang or Song, etc. Now, if China takes the Han culture of the Central Plains as its starting point, it’s not hard to find that the Tang culture came from the western regions, the Song came from central region, the Yuan came from desert, the Ming comes from south migration and the Qing came from northeast. Therefore we can pull out changes in the modern China. People can tell the culture different by viewing good artifacts of contemporary art.
When having a chance to watch contemporary art exhibitions, you can try to extract a general idea of what all about in a dominant culture and subculture. Therefor the best way to understand a whole country is through artworks from artists within that culture. It is also a good approach to do business with people of different culture background. That is a significant value in a diversified world. You can make sure you are dealing a business with humans not a robot. The real art is always form humans hands with skills and aesthetics, no matter presented in what kind of form..
Being a good collector is a privilege to put together culture phenomenon in humans history. That is a valuable accomplishment that money can not buy!