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Poll results: Which culture produces the coolest art in your opinion

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  • Celtic

    13 41.94%
  • Muslim

    3 9.68%
  • Roman

    6 19.35%
  • China

    3 9.68%
  • Bali

    0 0%
  • Nepal

    2 6.45%
  • Aztec

    3 9.68%
  • Pacific Northwest Indians

    7 22.58%
  • Japanese

    10 32.26%
  • Navajo

    3 9.68%
  • West Africa

    4 12.90%
  • Egypt

    6 19.35%
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    What culture has the coolest art in your opinion?

    Again, take the poll and choose your top three (I know - they're ALL cool but you have to choose three). And believe it or not there actually is a point to the whole art poll thing. It will be made known after (sigh) yet one more art poll following this one.
    Feel free to add comments why or why not particular art resonates with you.

    muslim art

    Celtic

    Navajo

    Chinese

    Pacific Northwest

    West African

    Japanese

    Balinese

    Egyptian

    Roman

    Aztec

    Nepalese
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    Roman and Egyptian are probably my two favs.

    Egyptian: everything has meaning. Their art was also their form of communication. Their art was so varied as to form, from papyrus & scrolls to gigantic sculptures to their ancestors.

    Roman: I love mosaics. They were very involved with sculpture, architecture, etc. When it comes to art, I enjoy things like sculptures that allow you to see different views, etc. Tile mosaics have lots of little details that make a piece interesting to me.

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    I really like West African and Egyptian art the most. Although, Asian and Native American (I guess Navajo), are close favorites as well.
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    My complaint would be the inevitable "my favorite is not included" and the related "it's too narrow/too general/both"

    So, to be difficult, I would say my favorite folk art tradition is actually probably Mexican/Southwestern Hispanic. I love the synthesis of Native and Spanish, the bizarre events like Dia de los Muertes, the pottery tradition, the churches (especially the Pueblo Churches of New Mexico) the town planning/plazas. Even the language. You hear the fear of bilingalism, but Spanish is such a melodious language (the tonal qualities of Chinese, by contrast, grate on my ears). Throw in the food, which is an artistry all itself.

    I also think Ancient Egypt was pretty cool. I love Stargate!

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    Quote Originally posted by BKM
    My complaint would be the inevitable "my favorite is not included" and the related "it's too narrow/too general/both"

    So, to be difficult, I would say my favorite folk art tradition is actually probably Mexican/Southwestern Hispanic. I love the synthesis of Native and Spanish, the bizarre events like Dia de los Muertes, the pottery tradition, the churches (especially the Pueblo Churches of New Mexico) the town planning/plazas. Even the language. You hear the fear of bilingalism, but Spanish is such a melodious language (the tonal qualities of Chinese, by contrast, grate on my ears). Throw in the food, which is an artistry all itself.

    I also think Ancient Egypt was pretty cool. I love Stargate!
    You have no idea how difficult it is (well, you probably do) finding art that is the most representative of a style. It's easy to find art online that is the best of a genre, but trying to sift through images distilling various qualities until one arrives at quintessence is harder than it might seem at first (although some are really easy - picking Monet as the most representative of impressionists, for instance, was a no-brainer). I would like to be able to post a half dozen images of each style so everyone gets a feel for what each style is about, but as it is I feel fortunate being able to post the number of images I have without friendly reminders from mods about making use of image hosting services (hey, I'm not that advanced) . As it is, I suspect most folks are already reasonably familiar with many of the artistic styles.
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    This poll requires considerably more art knowledge than your poll on style, Maister, but thanks for spurning my interest. Based largely on your samples alone, I chose Chinese, Nepalese and Japanese. The negative space of Japanese art makes it very distinctive. The Aztec example reminds me of art nouveau and 1960's psychedelic art.
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    Quote Originally posted by dobopoq
    Based largely on your samples alone, I chose Chinese, Nepalese and Japanese. The negative space of Japanese art makes it very distinctive.
    I'm already questioning a couple of my choices. The two receiving the fewest votes - West African and Balinese both happen to be masks and I'm wondering if it's just because they're masks rather than their stylistic elements that folks don't seem attracted to them. One of the difficulties is that in both of the aforementioned cultures art is intrinsically interwoven into daily life via objects used every day moreso than objects of art viewed exclusively as being 'objects of art'.
    There happen to be some similarities between Egyptian and Aztec art in that both tend to be strongly tied to symbolic language (as alluded to by Suburb Repairman).
    So far today's poll results are going in a somewhat different direction than anticipated.
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    I am surprised by the popularity of the Celtic art considering the piece that you posted. Many others have rich tones of Blue, Green, and Violet.
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    Quote Originally posted by michaelskis
    I am surprised by the popularity of the Celtic art considering the piece that you posted. Many others have rich tones of Blue, Green, and Violet.
    I had reservations about the Celtic piece too (heck, probably ALL of them for that matter), but not on the issue of color. While color can be found on any number of examples of celtic art, it consistently tends to be a secondary characteristic. Celtic art principally emphasizes ornamental design intricacy and twisting lines. The example chosen for the poll is perhaps a little bit more complex than typical and for that I question it.
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    I was hoping you'd define art for us so we can meet on some common ground.
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    Of the choices I steer toward china though, being a conitnually highly civilized culture for somtheing like 3,000 years straight is very impressive and culminates in much beautiful art of most any media. My favorite media for Chinese art is sculture, architecture, and ceramics.

    Though, there is a falcon sculture from circa 1,000 BC at the Chicago Art Institute that is absolutely amazing. It is sculpted from black granite and is about 24 inches tall. Beautiful.
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

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    Quote Originally posted by Gedunker
    I was hoping you'd define art for us so we can meet on some common ground.
    What is this 'common ground' business? Your instructions are to blindly accept what you are told is 'art'. Now don't be coloring outside the lines - this leads to people asking questions.......

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    Japanese.

    Why? Because of this artist, Ando Hiroshige, who inspired the early Impressionists. Seriously! But on a more serious note, I do like that particular artist.

    If you're curious about who he is and what are his works like, then check out: http://www.artcyclopedia.com/artists...hige_ando.html

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    Quote Originally posted by Hceux
    Japanese.

    Why? Because of this artist, Ando Hiroshige, who inspired the early Impressionists. Seriously! But on a more serious note, I do like that particular artist.

    If you're curious about who he is and what are his works like, then check out: http://www.artcyclopedia.com/artists...hige_ando.html
    Yeah, but any coolness factor created by this kind of art-or much Japanese high art and culture in general, is more than cancelled out by Hentai, Schoolgirl Anime with Big Eyes, and ...worst of all...the Hello Kitty cult

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    Not that I think it is the "coolest"...but I would have added Greek.
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    Quote Originally posted by tsc
    Not that I think it is the "coolest"...but I would have added Greek.

    When I was in Toledo in September, we went to their art museum. As noted above, I am a big fan of painted pottery. The Greek painted pottery is simply amazing stuff-incredibly intricate, beautiful colors, fascinated narrative. Makes the Acoma Pueblo stuff I collect, lovely as it is, seem simplistic.

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    Quote Originally posted by BKM
    Yeah, but any coolness factor created by this kind of art-or much Japanese high art and culture in general, is more than cancelled out by Hentai, Schoolgirl Anime with Big Eyes, and ...worst of all...the Hello Kitty cult
    Ha ha ha... I didn't think of the other aspects of the Japanese culture, namely the Hello Kitty cult. I actually don't know of Hentai or Schoolgirl Anime with Big Eyes. I'll google them...

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    BKM...I think you should have put a warning about them not being work-safe!!!

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    I took a class on pre-Columbian meso-American art so I'm kinda partial to it. Unfortunately it's not an option. I'll have to post some pictures of Moche portrait vases and Inkan architecture soon.

    I suppose I have to agree with mendleman about China. The stuff from that culture at the Art Institute is amazing.

    Quote Originally posted by Hceux
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    BKM...I think you should have put a warning about them not being work-safe!!!
    Let's just all agree that Japan is a little... weird.

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    Quote Originally posted by Hceux
    Ha ha ha... I didn't think of the other aspects of the Japanese culture, namely the Hello Kitty cult. I actually don't know of Hentai or Schoolgirl Anime with Big Eyes. I'll google them...

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    BKM...I think you should have put a warning about them not being work-safe!!!

    Oops. I thought everyone knew about hentai.

    From home, check out "Portal of Evil." Plenty of fun from the Land of the Rising Sun (among other things strange and exotic).

    I took a class on pre-Columbian meso-American art so I'm kinda partial to it. Unfortunately it's not an option. I'll have to post some pictures of Moche portrait vases and Inkan architecture soon.
    I actually own a simple "Moche Revival" piece from a Peruvian artist. It's a beautiful plate-I can see why you would like the tradition.

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