Psychology Today magazine has crowned five artists with the distinction of being the most effective artists in the art world today.
The list includes artists such as Frank Gehry, Ken Loach, Jeff Koons, Robert Eggers, and John Cage.
Art critic Emily St. John Mandelbaum wrote in her essay “What Makes an Artist?”: “The art world has always been about artists’ ability to evoke the human experience, and this has been true for at least the last two millennia.
In this context, artists who do their best work with the human subject are most likely to be able to evoke our innermost fears, emotions, hopes, fears and joys, and, of course, our deepest fears, passions and hopes.
So it is no surprise that artists who draw us in with their images are also most likely, in this respect, to create the most powerful psychological impact.”
Amongst the artists named in the article are artists such in painting, sculpture, architecture, sculpture-design, film, video, print, theater, dance, dance-music, film-visual effects, and fashion.
Art historian David Graeber wrote in his essay “The Power of Art: Art’s Long History of Empowering People” that there is no shortage of artists who have made a mark in art.
“Artists have been creating art since ancient times,” Graeberg wrote.
“And their power, whether from a personal or professional perspective, is still palpable.”
Groeber continued: “It’s not just art that inspires us; it’s how we look at the world, how we act, how our minds react.
If you can’t feel or see the world in terms of what you perceive, you can hardly think or act.”
Art historian Mary Daly noted in an essay on art history that the importance of art can’t be overstated.
“I’m sure we all know that there are a lot of art-world people who aren’t artists, and who also aren’t very good at drawing or painting,” Daly wrote.
“But we’re all in the wrong way.
We’re not artists because we’re incapable of doing the things we do.
We have the tools, the skills, the time, the patience, the talent, the money, and the desire to do the things that we do, but we’re still not artists.”
Art history professor Andrew L. Seaton explained that the art history of art and the art historians are intertwined.
“There are a number of scholars and practitioners of art history who have a very special relationship with the art of art itself,” Seaton said.
“For instance, they’ve been studying art since the 1500s.
They have been involved with it since the 18th century.
They are all intimately connected to it, and they all share a common commitment to the study of the art.””
It is the most fascinating and the most compelling of the arts to me,” he continued.
“It is a discipline that seeks to illuminate the art’s essence and, at the same time, to reveal its power, and to make it accessible to anyone, regardless of their artistic training or their level of proficiency.
I have a personal interest in studying it, I think it’s the only one that I could possibly see.”