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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Functions of art No piece of art can be "assigned" a function (or functions)Trying to classify function depends on context.The best-case scenario includes identifying the artist, as well, because s/he is half of the contextual equation (i.e.: What was the artist thinking at the time s/he created this?).These are all factors that should be considered before trying to assign functions. Besides, taking anything out of context can lead to misunderstanding, which is never a happy place to visit. That said, the functions of art normally fall within three categories. These are personal, social or physical functions. These categories can, and (often) do, overlap in any given piece of art.The physical functions of art are most easily dealt with. Works of art that are created to perform some service have physical functions. Art has social functions when it addresses aspects of (collective) life, as opposed to one person's point of view or experience. Political art (skewed to whatever message) always carries a social function. The fur-covered Dada teacup, useless for holding tea, carried a social function in that it protested World War I (and nearly everything else in life). An artist may create out of a need for self-expression, or gratification. S/he might have wanted to communicate a thought or point to the viewer. Perhaps the artist was trying to provide an aesthetic experience, both for self and viewers.
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