Why Art? (Paperback)

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What is the point of art? Why do we need it? What does it do? These questions are all answered (sort of) in this surreal graphic novel.

Eleanor Davis' short comic The Emotion Room is my favorite short comic of all time, and this book is equally strange, mysterious, sad, and funny.

— From Devon


What is "Art"? It's widely accepted that art serves an important function in society. But the concept falls under such an absurdly large umbrella and can manifest in so many different ways. Art can be self indulgent, goofy, serious, altruistic, evil, or expressive, or any number of other things. But how can it truly make lasting, positive change? In Why Art?, acclaimed graphic novelist Eleanor Davis (How To Be Happy) unpacks some of these concepts in ways both critical and positive, in an attempt to illuminate the highest possible potential an artwork might hope to achieve. A work of art unto itself, Davis leavens her exploration with a sense of humor and a thirst for challenging preconceptions of art worth of Magritte, instantly drawing the reader in as a willing accomplice in her quest.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781683960829
ISBN-10: 1683960823
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
Publication Date: March 13th, 2018
Pages: 200
Language: English