Here you’ll find art articles and art interviews on some of your favorite painters and sculptors of the West as well as upcoming artists. Art history’s role in enabling us to engage imaginatively with the past remains an important one, and its scholarly investigation and celebration of the visual materials that societies use and value has perhaps, as we come to terms with globalisation, never been more vital.
From the 1960s, art history underwent an enormous expansion, especially within the academy, as, for example, art history departments were established at the new universities (including the Universities of East Anglia, Essex and Sussex), at polytechnics (such as Middlesex) and other institutions of higher and further education.
On the other hand, crafts and design are sometimes considered applied art Some art followers have argued that the difference between fine art and applied art has more to do with value judgments made about the art than any clear definitional difference.
Connoisseurship (which can be described as the stylistic analysis of individual works of art with an aim of attribution) has a fundamental role in the discipline, of course, in answering the essential who, when and where questions; and an attuned attention to the visual, and a well-stocked and efficient visual memory, are important skills for an art historian to develop.
With art market growth showing signs of slowing toward the end of 2015 and in early 2016, combined with slower economic growth, increasing volatility in the financial markets, and geopolitical uncertainty, the picture is becoming more complex and unpredictable.