By KENNY BROOKS-ROSEHOUSE/WASHINGTON POSTArt historian Jennifer Kimbell has a theory about why art can be so powerful: people tend to want to see the works of artists they like.
She says the art of Kimbell, a longtime critic of modern art, is also “more important than ever” because it’s a kind of social glue that connects people to the art world.
“People really feel connected to the artists, and the artists really feel like they’re connected to them, and so they feel like the art in their home can be the art that is most valuable,” Kimbell said.
Kimbell’s theory is that art has become more important than it ever has been in recent years because people have become more aware of how their actions affect the environment around them.
“It’s really the world we live in today where people are very aware of environmental issues and people are taking a look at art in a way that they never have before,” Kimball said.
She added that art’s ability to bring people together has also become more difficult to ignore in recent decades, because of social media and the ubiquity of digital media.
“There is a really huge shift in the way people are connecting to art and to each other, and it’s not necessarily because of the art itself,” she said.
“It’s because of this very real and powerful relationship between art and the environment that has to do with the way we live.”
But it doesn’t have to be this way.
Art historians say that it’s possible to create art that people will connect to more than they connect to the work itself.
“What is the value of a piece of art?
Is it a work of art, or is it a message?”
“And if the answer is yes, that’s great.
But if it’s no, then the art is not going to bring anyone together, because they’re not going, ‘I know what’s good for me.’
They’re going, I don’t care.
That’s what art is for.”
For Kimbell and her students, the Kimball Museum of Fine Arts is an example of a place where people can connect with art, and not just for the sake of art itself, but to connect to art in the context of a wider conversation.
The museum is a hub for people to gather for workshops and events.
They have a variety of art programs ranging from drawing and painting to painting and painting history.
There are also interactive exhibits and exhibitions about history, politics and culture.
“When you’re talking about art, you don’t have time to think about what art means to the artist,” Kimbins said.
“Art doesn’t make you feel like you’re in the center of the world.
It makes you feel in the midst of the universe.”
Kimbell said art is important for the people who make it, but she said art can also be a tool for the world around us.
“If you can have a conversation with the world, if you can actually bring it to the forefront, it’s the most powerful tool we have,” she explained.
“I think it’s time for us to think of art as not just a tool, it can also make the world better.”
Kimball has also been working with artists to help people understand the art they love.
Art historian Kevin Campbell has helped Kimbell with her work on the museum’s website.
“A lot of people are like, ‘Well, it looks like you made a painting.’
And I’m like, it doesn’ really look like a painting,” Campbell said.
Campbell said that’s because artists often paint in black and white, and don’t paint the colors that people see in the painting, which is usually white.
“That’s why you get those things like the crisscross lines and the splashes of color that people get when they paint their paintings,” Campbell explained.
“Because if you paint them with colors that aren’t there, it really doesn’t do the job.”
The museum has also partnered with local artists to create a museum series that aims to show the diversity of art that’s being made today.
Kimball said that if we don’t understand what we’re looking at, we might not understand what art can bring to the world.
“Art can bring people to eachother, to one another, to understand, to empathize, to get along and to understand and to respect one another,” Kimbos said.
If you want to learn more about art history, visit the Kimbals Art History Institute at kimbellmuseum.org.