Criticism In the Arts and How it Benefits Society

Without criticism, new art forms would be nonexistent and would lack any originality. Through criticism and experience, new art forms are created and consumers’ standards are allowed to improve.

In each generation, without the continuous influence of individuals upon art, whether it be the art itself or criticism of the art, consumers’ standards would never improve. Past and present art forms are able to be compared in order to create a whole new art form. For example, earlier texts enabled Shakespeare to create his own style and ultimately develop masterpieces far better than the originals. In each generation, there is new music, new films and new literature, all of which are influenced by past artists. Past forms of art enable new artists to build upon them and develop their own. It is not so much that the times influence individuals, but that individuals influence the times. This is exemplified by analyzing the art and forming opinions about how it could be improved.

Experience influences an artist’s style, which, in turn, creates a standard for art. Experiencing art on your own terms benefits aspiring artists much more than learning how to write and how to play music in school. For example, listening to old records of bands from all dimensions of style would be beneficial to an aspiring musician. In addition, reading literature from all genres and generations would assist someone who wants to write a novel.

In summary, artists analyze the work of past artists and carefully consider all of its criticism in order to create their own new and enjoyable form of art. Without analysis and criticism, standards of art would never improve, and therefore it is an important part of the artistic world.

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