“If, in time of peace, our museums and art galleries are important to the community, in time of war they are doubly valuable. For then, when the petty and the trivial fall way and we are face to face with final and lasting values, we… must summon to our defense all our intellectual and spiritual resources. We must guard jealously all we have inherited from a long past, all we are capable of creating in a trying present, and all we are determined to preserve in a foreseeable future. Art is the imperishable and dynamic expression of these aims. It is, and always has been, the visible evidence of the activity of free minds.…”
Robert M. Edsel, The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, And The Greatest Treasure Hunt In History
I love this quote….free minds….the visible evidence of the activity thereof.
In today’s climate I think art is even more important than ever as a recording, a spokesperson, and intellectual and spiritual resource. We must value and protect these inalienable rights with our voices and our works.
Someone recently said to me they only love ‘art with a purpose’.
I smiled and nodded politely.
Doesn’t all art having meaning?
I believe so.
Not all art must shout, and scream it’s message to have one. Nor, do they all have to be tepid, soft impressions of trees and flowers. Both, resonate within our society and each have their place.
Who best can tell the stories?