Czy sens i znaczenie współczesnej sztuki popularnej sprowadza się do jej wartości rozrywkowych?
Does Sens and Meaning of Contemporary Art is Reduced to Its Values of Amusement?
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The paper is an attempt to answer a question about value of popular art and critically approach a view, that prices of popular art are only of entertaining virtue. Among massively produced works of popular art obviously ones lacking artistic values and aesthetic qualities, which do not deserve to treated as works of art. However, works of high art does not contain only masterpieces, moreover one can find pretentious kitsch or tacky pieces there too. Richard Shusterman convincingly proved, that a view generally denying works of popular art artistic status and aesthetic value is not justified. Popular art satisfies aesthetic needs of millions of consumers among whom are also cultural and competent recipients of art. Neither should one depreciate works of dominantly entertaining value. Good entertainment is important in our times to many people, since it provides relief, relaxation releases the tension and improves the spirit. As a result helps to retain or regain psychological equilibrium. Having describe the specificity of cognitive, moral and cathartic – compensatory values of art, author suggests, that good works of popular art, such as American noir crime morals (Chandler, Hammett, MacDonald) or films of Woody Allen or Francis Coppola are not devoid of such values.
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