What does it mean to create art that is "true to its times?"
May 27, 2014 1:16 PM Subscribe
I read a recent review in The Economist about a Whistler show in Washington D.C. This first part of this sentence set me thinking: "Whistler was keen to create works that were true to the times
, but he also wanted to make art that was beautiful and enduring."
My question is, how would you define "works that were true to their times?" I don't know if this is an academic idea or not. I'm thinking it's work that answers contemporary questions, be they in Whistler's era or 2014. I just don't know what those questions might be or how to go about finding them. And I don't know the causal relationship between the work and its times: does the work frame the questions or do the questions frame the work?
I hope I've expressed this clearly. Thank you.
posted by holdenjordahl to Media & Arts (7 answers total)