Art, Ethics, Morality, And Cultural Values Of Art

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Art is subjective and everyone has a different perspective on different works of art. Because of this, ethics, morality, and aesthetic value in art are all also subjective to the individual. While some may look at a piece of art like Piss Christ by Andres Serrano and see a claim of religion’s lunacy, others saw it as a portrayal of how we have constrained Jesus and limited his power. In “Painting and Ethics”, A. W. Eaton points out that paintings are valuable in many ways. They can have “economic, instrumental, historical, religious, sentimental, therapeutic, or educational value – to only name a few”. When morals or ethics are illustrated through art, the audience’s perception of the art changes based on their own morals. Many museums feature art pieces that deal with popular issues of the world, many of which are controversial. Just by walking through a gallery, one is exposed to many viewpoints on society, family relationships, culture, and history. Art is one way of expressing culture and of communicating ethics by picturing models of our morals. To see art in its full dynamic, the audience must disregard any negative opinions about the author or scene. It comes harder for some people than others, however. Eaton writes that people are repelled by Hitler’s paintings because of his signature on the artwork and the preconceptions of the artist. While caution and concern are necessary while viewing art from artists who weren’t good people, people should keep an open mind
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