Edited by Kerry Thomas and Janet Chan
Chapter 18: Time and the composition: creativity in modern and contemporary works of art
By any definition of the terms ‘creativity’ and ‘work of art,’ every artwork—in whatever medium or mixture of mediums—is, was, and always will be, the product of a creative process. This tautology is so simple, so self-evident, and true in such a trivial way, that it draws scant attention from practitioners in any of the arts. Practitioners spend most of their time inside the creative process, and are usually so focused on the myriad challenges entailed by the specific project on which they are engaged that to look at the overall process from the outside—as an object of research, for example—would be a distraction. In their normal business, critics and historians of the various arts rarely focus on creativity as a general topic, largely for parallel reasons. The primary task of the critic is to articulate an informed, committed but also independent response to newly made works of art, or to reinterpretations of known works.
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