Why Art? (Paperback)

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"Old and weak people, who have a hard time standing, are being held up by people who are strong. Our faces are lit up from the fires burning all around." This quote summarizes the depths this graphic work reaches. It starts with a narrator simply explaining some of the possibilities and approaches one can take when creating art, but seamlessly turns into an adventure full of imagination that will have you turning page after page hoping that Davis never runs out of ideas. After reading this book, you will champion Davis and eagerly await her next published work. -Alberto

— From Spring Booknotes 2018


What is "Art"? It's widely accepted that art serves an important function in society. But the concept falls under such an absurdly large umbrella and can manifest in so many different ways. Art can be self indulgent, goofy, serious, altruistic, evil, or expressive, or any number of other things. But how can it truly make lasting, positive change? In Why Art?, acclaimed graphic novelist Eleanor Davis (How To Be Happy) unpacks some of these concepts in ways both critical and positive, in an attempt to illuminate the highest possible potential an artwork might hope to achieve. A work of art unto itself, Davis leavens her exploration with a sense of humor and a thirst for challenging preconceptions of art worth of Magritte, instantly drawing the reader in as a willing accomplice in her quest.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781683960829
ISBN-10: 1683960823
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
Publication Date: March 13th, 2018
Pages: 200
Language: English