Art: For Whom and for What?


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Using Western culture's labor as an index of what we believe about the spiritual world, Keeble studies the work of important artists and craftsmen to 'ask what it is a man and a woman may get by working, rather than what they might get from working.' The emphasis in our industrial milieu, he says, is the product itself, and he exhorts his readers to consider instead the spiritual content of production. Keeble observes that in the West today, any spiritual moment in labor is 'betrayed by the industrial process, whose sole concern is for the economic advantage...regardless of the means employed.' Work and art within the context of any culture should 'exist primarily to align the soul of a man to the cosmic scale of his destiny.' Modern Western culture has lost its sense of holiness and destiny, and art-along with everything we make-has suffered. Given the broad scope of his vision, the rather spare title of Keeble's book is a little deceptive. Art: For Whom and For What? is not merely a philosophy of art or art criticism-it includes these, but its call is for nothing less than 'a change in the use of the mind,' a re-orientation to the timeless and eternal through spiritual creativity.

Title:: Art: For Whom and for What?


Categories: Essays and Criticism,

Publisher: Not Avail: May 1998

ISBN Number:: 0903880709

ISBN Number: 13: 9780903880701

Binding:: Paper Back

Book Condition:: New

Seller ID:: 56586