|DAY 32||PHILOSOPHY OF ART|
WHAT’S THE POINT?
“All art is quite useless.”
—Oscar Wilde, A Picture of Dorian Gray, Preface
Why do people create art? They may want to imitate an experience, express a personal passion, or just make a few bucks. But why should people make art? Are some motives more virtuous than others?
One popular contemporary view, concisely summarized in Wilde’s quote, is that art should not attempt to achieve anything at all. In other words, the noblest art, perhaps the only true art, is “art for art’s ...