Phatgrohopy
Improving Photographic Literacy
What is Art For?

ELLEN DISSANAYAKE

PUBLISHED: 1988. Paperback 1990
SUBJECT LISTING: Native American and Indigenous Studies; Anthropology
BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: 266 pp., 50 illus.

 

Every human society displays some form of behavior that can be called "art," and in most societies the arts play an integral part in social life. This book offers a new and unprecedentedly comprehensive theory of the evolutionary significance of art. Art, meaning not only visual art, but music, poetic language, dance, and performance, is for the first time regarded from a biobehavioral or ethical viewpoint. It is shown to be a biological necessity in human existence and fundamental characteristic of the human species.

 

Art defined...

 

 

Here is a a Video from the School of Life about what art is for.