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Art History People do not often interchange the concepts of history and art Most think of art quite correctly as tangible objects people can see and touch They tend to think of history as the record and interpretation of past human events more closely the social and political actions and events People cant of course see or touch historys intangible human events of the past but a visible and tangible art work is an event that is somewhat immortal Even if the creator or origins of a work are a mystery the art itself lives on as a surviving and present if not living account of the past And so one way to bring out great potential in the task of accounting and recording history is to use the tool known as art to help Art historians study the visual and tangible objects humans make and the structures humans build as opposed to art critics who study the visual quality and tangible aspects of artGardner 4 They traditionally have classified such works as architecture sculpture pictorial arts sketching painting or photography and the craft arts which are also known as the arts of design ceramic and metal wares textiles or jewelryGombrich 5 Artists of every art 911613 2 form have blurred the boundaries between these categories but this is especially true today when multimedia works are in abundance Gardner 1 This brings light to another fact in the topic of art history The range of objects art historians study is constantly broadening and now they include computer generated images whereas in the past almost anything produced by a machine would not have been regarded as art James Elkins Most people still think of performing arts as outside the realm of art history because these arts are temporal rather than static and spatial media Gardner 3 Recently even this distinction between fine art and performance art has become skewed Art historians however generally ask the
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